Monday, September 27, 2010

That Fox of Offense!

King Solomon wisely commanded, "Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that are ruining the vineyards!" (S. of Solomon 2:15) As the tale of romance unfolds between King Solomon and his lovely bride through beautiful, metaphoric language in the book of Song of Solomon, the king is invited to enjoy the sweet fruit of his bride's vineyard. But beware! There is a sly enemy plotting to slip unnoticed among the vines on his mission to steal, kill and destroy the luscious fruit of love.

What are the "little foxes" in our lives that spoil love in relationships with others as well as with our God? Several intruders may come to mind such as discouragement, selfishness, busyness, low self esteem, or pride. However, there is one "little fox" (especially for us girls) that in reality is a ravenous wolf, seeking to devour; namely the "fox" of getting our feelings hurt or being easily offended.
Our wicked enemy knows very well our places of sensitivity and weakness! With one attack of offense, we can be rendered totally deflated, embittered, or paralyzed, unable to move forward in God's kingdom! We allow that imprisoning chain of offense- which has the power to separate friends, families, marriages even separate us from Christ's church- to remain heavily hung around our necks!

Having our feelings hurt may come from words or deeds of another person but holding on to the offense is our choice! It is written: "I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse, so choose life in order that you may live, you and your children." (Deut. 30:19) Holding on to hurt is choosing death. Forgiving the offender and casting the pain upon Jesus is choosing life and walking in obedience!

"Loose yourself from the chains around your neck, O captive daughter of Zion!" (Isa. 52:2) Never forget that people are not the enemy!!! "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against…the spiritual forces of wickedness." (Eph. 6:12) "Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil." (Eph. 6:11) I dare say that to remain offended, is to allow victory in the enemy camp.

Do we want to be pitiful or powerful women of God? "Be strong in the Lord and in the strength if His might." (Eph. 6:10) Learning the secret of becoming "unoffendable" will transform our lives, our relationships, our churches and our usefulness to God. "Let us cleanse ourselves from (offenses), be vessels of honor, sanctified, meet for the Master's use, and prepared for every good work!" (2 Tim. 2:21). "Casting all your cares upon (Jesus), for He cares for you!" 1 Peter 5:7 Dr. Henry Blackaby wrote: "God stands prepared to take your load (that surpasses your strength) and to carry it for you. Will you let Him?"

5 Spout:

Thank you for these powerful words. I heard once that we know that we are truly being transformed when we are not easily offended! I guess I'm still "in process"!

So true! And I feel like I have had so much trouble with this, but making progress. Slowly but surely!

I am also a work-in-progress! How great to have this blogspot to encourage one another! Thank You, Lord and thank you, Rebecca!!!

I came across this familiar verse that is so fitting: 1 Corinthians 13:8 "[Love]...does not take into account a wrong suffered."

Another great verse on this subject: Proverbs 19:11 says "A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense." Something that just occurred to me is that this not only applies out in the world but also right in our homes.


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