Where does offence begin? Well, the seed of offence began in the beginning.
Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden when they ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. They could have eaten of the Tree of Life and they weren’t forbidden to do that, but eating from the forbidden tree their eyes were open to good and evil.
So often, we make determinations of good and evil in people instead of determining life. In making those determinations, we want God to deal with those who offend us with justice. We want justice from God for those who hurt us. But, should it ever happen that we offend someone, we want mercy from God. Of course, we didn’t mean to hurt anyone!
Offence can be just like ‘a fence’. Offence will keep you locked in and will impact how you view life, people and even yourself!
Jesus said that offences will come; it’s impossible that they won’t come! (Luke 17:1) Offence can trip you up, fence you in and make you miserable. Offence will stop the blessings of God from being manifest in your life. But if you know what to do when offences come, you can actually use these stumbling blocks to build a step up. A step will help you rise up and come higher in God.
But how can you turn offences into a blessing? Well, the best antidote to offence is love!
Jesus was the best example of how to deal with offence. When they crucified him, he could have called out for justice and rightly so. He was tried, sentenced and crucified unjustly. But no! He called for mercy for those who treated him so unjustly. He said “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do!” (Luke 23:34).
What an amazing example of love! He said that they didn’t know what they were doing! Most people, who offend you, don’t really realise what they have done. We can be just like Jesus because the love of God is in our hearts!
If we use Life to make a love determination, not make a determination based on the knowledge of good and evil, we know that love – God’s love – will never fail and will develop in you an Un-offendable Heart.