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Love is the best defense for offense!

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Offense is rampant in our society today. We have access to 24-hour non-stop news and social media creates a platform for anyone to be a preacher, prophet or politician.  People’s opinions cause division and offense which lead to damaged relationships. We begin seeing people as their opinions rather than looking at them as God sees them.

People hold an offense against someone they have never met, they get offended by what someone posted on Facebook or any other social media platform or they get offended when they learn a friend or family member is of the opposite political party.  

The Word of God is the plumb line for Christians. In John 13:34-35 Jesus instructs us to love one another as He has loved us and we are to be known for our love for each other.  Offense creates a breach in relationships and we are no longer known more for the political or religious memes that we post on Facebook than our love for each other.

Dr. Henry Cloud says “Relationship or bonding… is at the foundation of God’s nature. Since we are created in His likeness, a relationship is our most fundamental need, the very foundation of who we are. Without relationship, without attachment to God and others, we can’t be ourselves.” 

Do you become offended when you discover people believe differently than you do? Have you lost friends or family because of a political difference? Is being right more important to you than your relationships?

How do we love one another? In Matthew 22:37-39, Jesus says that we are to love the Lord God with all our heart and love our neighbors as ourselves. How is your relationship with God? How is your relationship with yourself? 

 Many people believe God is sitting up in heaven like Zeus with his lightning bolt ready to strike us if we do wrong.  The truth is God is ready to love us even when we do not believe we are worthy of love. Is it possible that if we focus on receiving God’s love we will be less critical of ourselves and others? Is it possible that the reason why our society is so easily offended is that we are not grounded in the love of the Father?  Are you angry with God?

Forgiveness is the key to overcoming an offense that is either real or imagined. Forgive those who have wronged you, forgive those who believe differently than you and forgive those who have offended you via social media. It is also important to forgive yourself.  The apostle Paul says in Ephesians 4:31-32 that we are to put away bitterness, anger and evil speaking and be kind to each other, forgiving one another as we have been forgiven.

Let’s choose to forgive and then forgive again. Ask the Lord to give you His eyes to see people as He sees them. Look at a person’s heart not their outward appearance (1 Samuel 16:7). I want to be known as someone who loves well, not someone who becomes offended easily. What about you?

Love is the best defense for offense!

-Michelle

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16 thoughts on “Love is the best defense for offense!

  1. This is awesome Michelle. So very good.

    1. Thanks honey!

      1. Michelle, what an important reminder to carry the spirit of forgiveness to others that Christ has extended to us. Forgiving ourselves and forgiving others is at the core of continuing relationships because we will all naturally run into one another when we are in close proximity, even when it is via social media. May Christ be at the forefront of my thinking and responding.

  2. This is great advice in our day: “Ask the Lord to give you His eyes to see people as He sees them. ”
    Thanks for this post!

  3. “I want to be known as someone who loves well, not someone who becomes offended easily.” I want that too! Thanks for giving me some encouragement and scriptural basis to become more loving and less offended or offensive.

  4. That’s my prayer. Lord, let me see others through your eyes as you would have me see them.
    Thank you for sharing.

  5. This is a great post! I’ve sometimes felt like I’m the only voice saying these things, so it’s always a blessing to find yet another voice of truth in this messy vitriolic world! The more voices stating the truth, the better. This is so good and so true: “Let’s choose to forgive and then forgive again. Ask the Lord to give you His eyes to see people as He sees them.“ One verse in Colossians 3 states twice the need to forgive as Christ has forgiven us. Three uses of the word “forgive” in one verse as a part of normal Christianity. With more of that hopefully we can have harmony and reconciliation in our homes and families.

  6. Dear Michelle!

    Thank you for sharing 🙂

    You wrote: “Many people believe God is sitting up in heaven like Zeus with his lightning bolt ready to strike us if we do wrong. The truth is God is ready to love us even when we do not believe we are worthy of love.”

    That’s great, and it’s essential to remember. Many Christians tend to think in terms of condition for God’s love, stop smoking, stop drinking etc., etc. But that is not aligned with God’s unconditional love for us.

    With love!
    Edna Davidsen

    1. Thank you Edna!

      1. You are welcome 🙂

  7. As someone that used to be easily offended, focusing on the love of the Father helps you see people differently. When you realize how great his love is and how great our since is—it becomes easier to forgive those that have wronged us. Thank you for a great post!

    1. Thank you, Luisa!

  8. Yes! I do think that if we focused more on God’s love by remembering that everyone we meet is someone God loves more than His own life, that we’d have a harder time being offended OR offensive. Thank you for this lovely reminder.

    1. Thank you, Brianna!

  9. If enough of us keep saying these things, perhaps we can turn around the vitriolic climate in which we live. I hope and pray that it so. Forgiveness is in short supply nowadays. Personal dudgeon is the rule. Your post raises all the right questions about how we regard ourselves and others and how that impacts our treatment of others. Our society is sickened by it’s own sense of offense. I tweeted out some of this post, because it’s worth sharing as widely as possible. Well written. Well said.

    1. Wow! Thank you so much, Melinda.

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