Jesus warns us that offenses will come. The word “offenses” can be translated as the word, “bait.” Minister John Bevere first brought this to my attention in his excellent book, Bait of Satan. I highly recommend it.
Will we take the bait when we are offended?
Will we choose to hold an offense or take the bait in situations that aren’t even ours?
Will we fall for a scheme of the enemy and withhold forgiveness? Conflicts are an unavoidable part of life.
All conflict is not bad, in fact, some might say it is just a hidden opportunity.
When conflict arises, we often get insight into what is actually going on in our heart. Regardless of what the other person has done, our reaction is very telling and reveals that of which we’re really made.
God uses conflict to grow us if we submit our heart to His examination in the midst of it.
Recently I noticed that my attention span wasn’t what it used to be due to the digital culture in which we live. I’ve intentionally applied discipline and regained the depth I once had. I challenge you to do the same. Slow down. Chew your “food.” Take the time to get into the Bible for TRUTH. I challenge you to answer the questions below. You’ll be glad you did.
Woe to the world because of offenses! For _____________ must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!
Keep your heart with all ________________, For out of it spring the issues of life.
So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to __________, slow to wrath…
Name 3 offenses in which you have been entangled.
Pray AloudJesus, You warned me that offenses would come. You are my only hope to walking through them with the right understanding and truth. I open my heart to Your preparation for when I will get offended. Please show me wrong attitudes, motives and cycles in which I have participated. Apply Your truth and show me Your ways.Click To Tweet
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