Peppa Pig just LOVES jumping in muddy puddles! – Makes me wonder just how many of us like doing the same?
Muddy puddles come in all shapes and sizes and sometimes we don’t just love jumping in them but we wallow in them as well.
The muddy puddles of taking offence and hanging onto that offence is probably one of the biggest muddy puddles we will have to encounter in our lives.
Taking a guess, I would suggest everybody – every single one of us has at some point taken offence at some stage in their lives, some HUGE and some slight, regardless – offence is offence.
Some of us get so offended with others that we carry that offence or resentment for the rest of our lives. In other people the offence is hardly noticeable, they seem to able to brush it off like water on a ducks back.
Other people can put up with the most pointed offences, even personal attacks, bullying etc and can, even though they may get hurt in the process, recover quite quickly and seem to overlook it all and carry no spite at all to the offender.
So why do we get offended and what does God say about the ‘wallowing in offence’ that some us are prone to do?
Offence usual happens when someone says something to us, about us or about our family that we interpret or perceive to be insulting, wrong or just plain nasty! We could be blamed for something we didn’t do or something we failed to do and so we take offence.
We could interpret someones actions to be negative to us, to be inconsiderate or even plain thoughtless towards us. Anything can make us offended.
So offence can be pretty dangerous – it can isolate us from people and friends but more importantly it can isolate us from God and have a real impact on our very salvation, depending on how we cope with the offence and what we decide to do with it.
Some of us even become offended with God; blaming Him for not taking into consideration all of the ‘things’ we have done for Him, or “I gave my heart to God and look what happened’ syndrome.
We can see that offence is so wrong – in Matthew 18, Jesus tells us just how solemnly He looks at the sin of offence “It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of sea” Jesus said of those who committed offence.
So what do we do when we are offended – should we reach for the millstone or do something about it?
Whether your offence is towards God or towards other people, the way you handle it can either make you bitter and twisted or make you stronger and strange as it sounds the stronger you get the more humble you become.
Humility is the key to getting over offence! The proud find it so difficult and prefer to wallow in the mud of offence and unlike Peppa they don’t just like ‘jumping’ into muddy puddles, but rather wallow in the mud of offence until it gets into the very pause of their inner beings.
Such people live in bitterness and anger, preferring confrontation with others and being the ‘victim’ in all situations. God can’t work with people like this; there is no room for God to grow this person; there is no room for such people to reach out to God either.
Where there is bitterness and offence, there you will find, frustration, unforgiveness and all sorts of envy and strife.
Alternatively with God working in your life there are the gifts of love, humility, patience, kindness and self control as mentioned in the Galatians 12.
Maybe as you have read this, you, like me have been reminded of your past relationships and some of the offences that may have occurred with them. Are there any that need to be ‘put right’?
If you have been ‘convicted’ of some offence in the past or present, make sure before you do anything to ask the Holy Spirit to guide you through and to make your thoughts and your tongue pure before Him.
Ask God to give you the wonderful gift of humility; a humility that will see you accept what the other says even though inside of you it may feel offensive. Ask God to give you patience and endurance and to offer that person the wonderful gift of your real love.
It’s definitely time to step out of the muddy puddle, clean yourself off, and like the prodigal son, come back to the Father. your relationship with him will be amazingly fulfilling; your relationship with others will never be the same – you will start to see them through the eyes of Jesus.
Stay quiet before God and allow Him to show you what you should do. Big blessings to you as you continue to grow in humility, forgiveness and in the handling of offence.
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