Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World

Offended Much?

Most definitions of ‘offended’, say something about anger and resentment.

What do I find offensive? Am I easily offended? Criticism of a loved one (or favorite sports team), racial injustice, certain political views, social media… it can be endless. Why is our culture so easily offended? Why is our culture so easily angered? We are all experts at what is right (my way) and what is wrong ( anything other than my way).  As Christians, is there such a thing as righteous anger? James 1:20 says, “for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.” There is a huge difference between discerning what is right and wrong for myself and imposing those standards on others. It is Christ’s responsibility to be the judge of all.

Do I judge others by their actions, but only judge myself by my intentions? What are my trigger issues? By being aware of these issues, I can then ask Jesus to speak to me, and help me deal with them. Jesus didn’t call us to make a point or be right, He called us to be make a difference by love and forgiveness in leading others to Christ.  

People matter more than my point of view! Being offended or offending others isn’t going to further my agenda, but rather increase the divisiveness. James 1:19 tells us, “Be quick to listen,  and slow to speak, and slow to become angry.” God gave us two ears and only one mouth, maybe to be used in that ratio! We are all of a sinful nature, in need of God’s grace and mercy. Our humility must lead to grace filled reactions and interactions with others.Matthew 22:37-39, tells us to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and mind…Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Linda Culberson