Over the past eighteen months, we have become more isolated than we ever have been. While many are truly hurting because of everything this year has brought, others are dealing with hearts that are offended by what seems like anything. Some people are on edge, and rightly so, with so many of our lives having been upended.
Yet as much as the season of isolation and division has tried to convince us we don’t need people, we do. And I believe so strongly that the enemy of our souls would love for us to stay offended.
John 15: 12-13 tells us “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lat down one’s life for one’s friends”
A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.” This is one we should do often in our lives. We should want to pull through difficult season of life with important relationships in tact.
Have you treated everyone the same as you did before COVID? This season of COVID has put so much fear in our hearts and minds, we have lost the way we treat people. It has caused us to hate and lose our connection with each other.
The book of Proverbs is considered the book of wisdom. Chapter 19 is all about building a life of discernment and wisdom. The word “glory” used here is referring to a sign of growth and maturity. A person who has experienced growth knows how to recognize hurt verses offense. Hurt requires healing. Being offended requires a dose of letting go.
The result of being hurt is that we feel both hurt and offended. Taking the time to sort through this helps us to know how to move forward one step at a time.
The first step requires laying down the hurt or offense before God and not picking it back up. There are some places of hurt only God can heal. The second step requires letting it go. There are some things we need to get over and stop being offended by.
We all long to experience both spitting and emotional growth in our lives. We are all humans sorting through emotions and situations that leave us feeling challenged. Someone may need our forgiveness. And someone needs our willingness to overlook being offended. God will give you the strength to do whatever your heart need to do to lay down the off, and as you do, you will experience God’s glory.
Ask and it shall be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and it shall be opened to you. Matthew 7:7-11.