Are you easily offended?
The Bible says that an easily offended person is harder to win than a well-protected city. The cities in the olden days were built on a hill surrounded by thick walls, almost impossible to capture. So it is with a person who is easily offended wearing his feelings on his shoulders. It is difficult to capture his friendship, for he cannot take things with “a grain of salt” and take everything personal. How sad, eh?
In Jeremiah 12:5 we read, “If you stumble and fall on open ground, what will you be like when you get to the
Jungle?” In other words, if you get offended at the least little thing, then what are you going to do when you face massive offenses and problems?
The Bible teaches that we can have great peace when we love the Word and nothing will offend us. (Psalm 119:165)
One always has to walk tippy toes around an easily offended person. For a person like myself who easily lets things fly out of my mouth, it is very hard to walk tippy toed, being careful and weighing every word I say. Although it is good for me to learn restraint, sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever learn! “Oh God…. forgive me… my tongue and I are way too friendly with each other.”
Sometimes it can take a year to make a good friend, but we may offend that person in an hour and lose a friend forever.
Luke 17:1: “Then said He unto the disciples, ‘It is impossible but that offences will come, but woe unto them through whom they come.’” Oh my…
I don’t know about you, but I sure do not want offenses to come through me. I am sure the desire of our heart is to be gentle and to have a gentle response to people, for it is our heart that causes our tongue to be gentle. When our heart is full of compassion for people we will respond likewise.
Here we have a prophetic picture of a person freely walking through the jungle, for the Holy Spirit is leading that person.
I hear Jesus say, “When you are full of My Spirit it does not matter what people say, for you have My approval and you shall always stay at peace. Do not allow yourself to stumble at people’s opinions, for My opinion of you is that you are the greatest person I have created you to be.”