I am so offended I could spit!

I remember a time in my life where many things offended me. Poor Jerry couldn’t even breath around me without me getting my feathers ruffled. Maybe it was my age, my childhood, or just that I was too sensitive to people’s comments or in Jerry’s case, his breathing. The day I laid all my “secret cards” aka sin, on the table, my attitude of being offended quickly diminished! Seems everywhere I turn around I hear of someone who was offended at what someone said or did and I think “Sheesh, people, get a grip!” We have become a people of offense as if we have never offended anyone. In Ephesians 7:21 it states “Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you, for you know in your heart that many times you yourself have cursed others.” We “wear our feelings on our shoulders,” as I was told many times in my younger days, so much that it just becomes ingrained in how we react to others.
This “offensive attitude” has become a breeding ground for the enemy where not just the offense breeds, but dissention, discord, and hate. I mean let’s be honest with each other, when you get offended the first thing you think of is how to get back at them or all the things you have ever done for the said person and how you won’t ever do anything nice for them again! We become like the brother in Proverbs 18:19 “A brother wronged is more unyielding than a fortified city; disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.” That is what they call pure flesh my friends and unfortunately for us it comes all too naturally. Speaking of pure flesh, let’s get honest a little more. The reason most people get offended is because they are living a sinful lifestyle and so when someone says something that points out their way of living is not morally right or is not living according to God’s ways, their flesh wants to get the heck out of the presence of the offender. Most times it is just a spirit that has built a stronghold in their life by doors they have opened, whether it be by a rated-R movie, casual drinking, routine readings of horoscopes to plan their day, or even a simple harmless book with rated-R content that feeds lies of offensiveness in the life of the believer.
Thankfully though, through the example of Jesus and His Word, there are other responses to our offenses. In Leviticus 19:18 the Bible states “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.” Also, in Luke 17:3-4 “So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sister[a] sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.” Many people hold on to these offenses, making them bitter and full of anger, giving the enemy a foothold in their lives. I don’t know about you, but I have come to the point in my life where I am tired of the enemy having the upper hand. Jesus came to give me life and for me to live it abundantly and I intend to live that abundant life now, not years from now when I can bury my pride and self-righteous attitude and forgive those who have hurt me. There will always be people who hurt you, judge you, dislike you, who are jealous of you, and even those who hate you for no good reason, and most of them will be in your own family!! Those are the ones who need to be shown the love of God the most 🙂
So, it is up to you…live with offenses in your life and struggle living an abundant life or choose to forgive and break the strongholds of offenses in your life. There is a saying I once saw that spoke volumes on this matter. Life is easier when you accept an apology you never got. I want to encourage you to forgive, forgive, and forgive some more. I am not saying this will be easy, but I promise once these offenses begin to get erased from within, your heart will be lighter and the space they took up in your head and heart will be able to be filled with what God intended them to be filled with…His love and purpose for your life 🙂

4 thoughts on “I am so offended I could spit!

    • Thank you Rex! I had no idea how much this was affecting todays believers and how it is really impacting the church. I know it has always been there, but seems lately the arsenal of attack is picking up. Luckily, we already know who wins this war 🙂

  1. This is so true! We are offended because we are guilty. No one likes to be called out but sometimes that’s the Holy Spirit opening our eyes to the sin we are trying to hide! I speak from experience (I’m not calling anyone out, just simply saying that’s what has opened my eyes before). As always, thanks for sharing!! ❤

    • Yes…I was definitely speaking from experience lol It is a sad place to be living..always getting offended because you refuse to see how you yourself are running from the things of God. Thanks for taking the time to read 🙂 Love you!

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