One of the strongest human emotions is anger or like we say “being offended”.
Have you been offended before or lately?
The truth is, everyone has either been offended or has offended someone before. It’s a human reality.
It’s not a crime to offend others; in fact, it’s pretty much a natural consequence of having diverse cultures. We live in a world full of people with different backgrounds, interests, and values, and we must learn to accept that there will be clashes. As long as the differences do no harm, we should back off and accept them.
As a believer, because of the destructive tendencies of anger Jesus says in Matthew 18:21-22…“Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.”
The import of this scripture is clear, forgive “ALWAYS” no matter the offence…. “It’s a no-brainer”
But have you ever met people who “take advantage” of your godly, large, kind and forgiving heart and keep offending you constantly by their words and actions?. Some deliberately and other unintentionally.
Keeping up with Matthew 18:21-22 and forgiving ALWAYS can be daunting, exhausting and sometimes outrightly impossible.
“But that scripture did not say that you should keep putting yourself in the position to be “sinned against”(offended/angry) and then claim you have been sinned against”
Wisdom is profitable to direct…if your brother sinned against you today, forgive…
Next tomorrow, forgive and start devicing means to either extricate yourself from the position that leads your brother to sin against you and by the end of the week, implement your “avoid-being-sinned-against-plan”
But just don’t seat there and complain all day long on how hard it is for you to keep forgiving your brother(people).
“A smart man makes a mistake, learns from it, and never makes that mistake again. But a wise man finds a smart man and learns from him how to avoid the mistake altogether.”
Roy H. Williams
May God grant us wisdom.