Some of the definitions for the word Offence are the act of provoking, annoying, irritating or causing pain or injury. It is also the reaction the offence produces, like indignation, resentment, or anger, which can lead to a breach in relationships. When someone sins against you, your flesh rises and demands retribution. But the way of grace must, guard your and heart and release the offender. 

The writer of urges us to respond to offences by giving evidence of the grace of . An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city, and disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel (Proverbs 18:19).  A hostile relationship is hard to win back. Contention separates people into opposing sides. Jesus died to break down the dividing walls. 

The says He who guards his mouth, and his tongue keeps himself from calamity (Proverbs 21:23).  When our unguarded mouth gives vent to our unhealed heart, we unleash words that hurt deeply. 

The wise man continues, do not friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared (Proverbs 22:24-25). Don’t take the anger of angry people personally, or you will find yourself reacting to them in the same destructive way. Calmness can lay great errors offence to rest (Ecclesiastes 10:4). A quiet spirit will overcome great anger and turn aside the hurtful actions of others. 

, “Let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or offence or occasion to fall in your brother’s way”. Show the redemptive purpose of Jesus in every situation and relationship. We overlook offences because Jesus took our offences and bore them to His cross. Our motivation is in the great forgiveness of Jesus. Those who have been forgiven much will forgive much. 

Let’s Pray 

Yahweh, I present my emotions before you, and I pray that you set me free from the spirit of offence. Lord, help me not hold grudges, or harbour ill feelings and towards those who have hurt or insulted me. Please empower me to forgive and unconditionally as you love me. Teach me not to cling to negative words or nurse my offences until they grow into something deeper. In ’s name Amen. 

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