November 28, 2014

Not Easily Offended

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – November 28, 2014

These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. John 16:1, KJV

If I’m not expecting to be offended, I can be easily offended. At times I am naive about a person’s intentions or the cruel consequence of an unfair circumstance. If my heart is not prepared for outside resistance or rejection, it can be bruised—if not broken. God does not intend for hard situations to hurt my heart, but to sensitize my heart to His Spirit. Prayer prepares my soul for suffering. Trials come with the territory of being a true disciple of Jesus. Indeed, my intimacy with Jesus is preparation for being persecuted for Jesus. Humility is not easily offended.

Jesus was preparing His disciples to put on their spiritual “big boy pants.” Up until this point in their relationship He had shielded them from suffering with His suffering. Christ was the object of scorn from some suspecting leaders, but the disciples only felt fragments of fear. Now with Christ’s departure to be with His Father, they would have to grow up in grace. Similar to a sports team who steps up after their star graduates, so Jesus prepared His followers for His heavenly graduation. Persecution is imminent, so stay intimate with Me and be not offended.

“In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12).

Are you easily offended? What’s behind those feelings? Insecurity, mistrust, pride or fear. Maybe someone said something insensitive and you took offense. Or a person failed to say something about your new cute outfit or hairstyle, and it offended you. It’s nice to be complimented, but a nobler desire is to give up the need for a person’s praise and give in to the expectation of criticism for your unfeigned faith. Mature faith does not wane in the face of prideful disapproval. Humility does not withdraw and whine, instead it sees conflict as an opportunity to be like Jesus.

Therefore, we can even expect some well meaning Christians to be uncomfortable with our devotion to our faith. Our intense desire to follow Jesus may offend other Jesus followers. So, we learn grace and patience. We are not easily offended, because our motive is to be more like Christ in how we unconditionally love those who disagree with us. How we love other believers through our differences, makes the most difference to those outside the faith. A person dead to self is not easily offended. We rise above the trivial when we stay focused on our ascended Christ Jesus.

“My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare” (Psalm 25:15).

Prayer: Heavenly Father, mature my love for You and others so I am not easily offended.

Related Readings: Matthew 11:6, 15:12; Romans 12:14; Acts 14:22; Philippians 2:8-9

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Additional Resource: 2 minute video Dr. Ravi Zacharias on suffering:

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  1. Barbara Blaze says:

    Blessings in this Thanksgiving season 🙂
    Thank you for your wonderful devotionals , I often share them with other Believers for encouragement and edification , I do have to notice thought that in the view of Ravi’s reference posted here , I do not see the Revelation that sickness, deasese is NOT what GOD uses to bring Glory to Himself , it is a lie from the pit of hell ; if JESUS is the same today, yesterday and forever than ” By HIS STRIPES WE WERE HEALED !” and we are to resist such things that the enemy is trying to inflict upon us , I believe The Scriptures clearly says that we are TO OVERCOME and if Christ took it upon Himself we are not suppose to carry these types of sufferings , the only sufferings Christ told us we would have is the suffering for The Gospel everything else is our enemy to be evicted , we are to glorify GOD with a healthy body , the Temple of The Holy Spirit . The Church is sick because of wrong teachings , if you are interested check out JGLM Ministries or Andy Wommack and others , they got it right, they agree with JESUS WORds : Go and make disciples , deliver the captives ,lay hands on the sick AND THEY SHALL RECOVER .

    1. Gwynne says:

      Dear Barbara~
      Thank you, Barbara, for your thought-provoking comments. We always enjoying hearing from our Wisdom Hunter’s family and know that your words are sincere. We appreciate your encouraging words about the Wisdom Hunter’s devotionals and thank you for sharing them with others. THANK YOU!!
      During this precious Christmas season, I hope you are enjoying these days of celebrating our Lord and Savior.
      Merry Christmas to you and yours,

      “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust’.” Psalms 91:1,2

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