Overcoming Offense – Part 1
Pastor Corey Willis, April 8, 2018
Part 1 – The Bait of Satan
(Luke 17:1 NKJV) Then He said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no offenses should come…”
Offense: annoyance or resentment brought about by a perceived insult to or disregard for oneself or one’s standards or principles.
God uses offense to refine you.
(James 1:2-4 NIV) Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
THE EXAMPLE OF CHRIST
- Jesus did not defend Himself.
(Isaiah 53:5-7 NIV) But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.
- Jesus forgave those who offended Him.
(Luke 23:34) Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
THE BIBLICAL ATTITUDE
- Stay humble.
(Romans 12:3 NIV) For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgement, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.
- Discover the intentions of your heart.
(Philippians 2:3-5) Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.
- Go beyond.
(Matthew 5:38-41) You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.
“We should not serve the Lord for what He can do, but rather for who He is and what He has already done for us. Those who become offended do not fully realize how great a debt He has already paid for them to be free. They have forgotten from what manner of death they were delivered. They see through natural eyes rather than eternal.”
– John Bevere, The Bait of Satan
THE WAY OF ESCAPE
Embrace the forgiveness of Christ.
(Acts 2:38) Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
- Forgive those who have offended you.
(Matthew 18:21-22) Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.
(Matthew 6:12) And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors”
- Pursue reconciliation.
(2 Timothy 2:26) and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.