The Biblical View on Getting Offended

Sunday, April 02, 2017 @ 11:19 AM

In todays world, there are many things that can cause us to take offense. Friends, family members and even people we don't know sometimes say things or do things that can cause us to feel insulted and even hurt. Sometimes, people are just careless with their words and they say the first thing that comes to mind, while others may use words as weapons and in a deliberate attempt to hurt us and to see what our reactiion will be. Either way in the end we walk away offended.

With that said I think its fair to say that at one time or another in some way or form we have all been offended by others. Hurtful words, sarcastic remarks, and even a dirty look can offend us. So, how can we get past what someone said, or what someone did so that we can move on and forgive and forget? I will tell you how. We can choose not to get offended. Although it does sound easier said than done, when we realize the amount of strength and power we give to the offense we would probably think twice about allowing our offended feelings to ever creep up on us again. When we let what others say or what they do effect us, we are giving them control over us. God loves us. He wants our eyes to stay fixed on Him. He wants us to be more concerned with Him and less concerned with what others say and do.

In an effort to change our outlook on how not to be offended, we need to realize a few things; the first and most important is to remember who's you are; Your a child of the most high God. We should all be standing in His strength. We should look to the Lord for the answers to the questions we have regarding how to handle 'life's issues" and other situations that we all will come across living in this crazy world. No worldly situation is too big or too small for God to address in the Bible and in the case of being "offended" there is no exception. God addresses "feelings of being offended" in the Bible and here is what scripture says about being offended;

Proverbs 19:11 says;
"Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense."

God blesses us when we do the right thing. That means when someone does offend us and we hold our tongue instead of returning insult for insult , or when we just walk away without a word after someone deliberately offends us, God blesses us. Don't give in to others who try to manipulate circumstances to get to you.

James 1:19 says;

"Know this, my beloved brothers; let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger.

James 1:19 is saying that getting angry is foolish. Think about the energy that is put into getting angry and then think about the result of the anger you feel toward the situation. Did any amount of that anger fix the situation? Anger is a waste of time. Whats done is done, anger won't change anything but, prayer will. Would it not be better to say a prayer asking your Heavenly Father for strength and for wisdom during this time?

2 Corinthians 12:10 says;

"For the sake of Christ, then I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong."

When we turn our eyes to the Lord and look to please Him only, we can stand strong in the face of adversity.