Don’t Take the Bait
Luke 17: It is impossible that no offenses should come.
Jesus said that it is impossible to live in this world and not be offended, so why are we so shocked when it happens to us? The greek word for “offense” literally means a trap with bait in it. What a picture! If we take offense, then we’ve taken the devil’s bait and wound up in a trap. Resulting in self absorbance and resentfulness. Consequently leading to our loss of joy and hindering our ability to function properly.
The question is what can we do? Jesus told the end age believers in Revelation 3:18 to “anoint your eyes with salve, that you may see” see what? Our own attitude in all of this! You’ll only repent when you see the condition your heart is in. Then you can stop blaming other people, but not until you see clearly.
The wonderful thing is, when the Spirit of God shows you your mistake, it’s in such a way that it will seem separate from you. You’ll feel conviction and not condemnation. When He reveals this to you, don’t carry the offense another step. Forgive the offending party as God has forgiven you, and move on.
~ Pastor Turner