“If you are in offense, you are in sin.” I still remember when my mentor – Nancy Coen – exhorted people in a conference when they were getting all upset about something. She was not exonerating what was done. She was directing everyone to examine their own heart.
John Bevere calls offense “the bait of Satan.” Matthew 24 connects a person becoming offended to their heart growing cold: “And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another, and many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold” (Matthew 24:10-12 KJV).
Let’s pull out my Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (Tenth Edition), so we can examine some of the intricacies of what it means to be “in offense”:
OFFEND ~ verb : to transgress the moral or divine law : sin : to covet honor : to violate a rule or law : do wrong : to cause difficulty, discomfort, or injury : to cause dislike, anger, or vexation : to violate : transgress : to cause pain to : hurt : to cause to feel vexation or resentment usually by violation of what is proper
OFFENSE ~noun : an act of stumbling : a cause or occasion to sin : something that outrages the moral or physical senses : the act of attacking : assault : the state of being insulted or morally outraged
Many times, offense is caused by someone who has hurt you or has caused you pain. However, it is not the cause, but the reaction to a wrong that causes someone to be “in offense.” When a person doesn’t forgive the person who has wronged them, their hurt and pain turns inward into bitterness, which Scripture says defiles many. If this deadly cocktail of unforgiveness and bitterness continues to fester, the result is a stagnant deadly pool of offense. For people who have been abused (experienced trauma), this can be a place of captivity where a person is drowning in their own Sea of Offense. The only way out is for Yeshua (Jesus) to come in and rescue you. Yeshua responds to forgiveness. He responds to the cry “forgive them Father, for they do not know what they do.”
Don’t let other people’s sin hook you. Love and forgiveness are huge keys to being set free and staying free. So the next time something “offends” you, think twice about feeding that beast. Instead of talking about it and becoming more outraged and offended, choose to forgive the person who probably should have know better, but either didn’t know or didn’t care. It really doesn’t matter if you desire a pure heart. If you can immediately stop and realize: “If I am in offense, I am in sin,” you can confess your sin where He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and to cleanse seeking hearts of all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). Forgive others… Forgive yourself… for forgiveness is the way, and the truth, and the life for those who seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33).
~ Robin Main
Copyright March 20, 2015 – Sapphire Throne Ministries – Robin Main
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