Some is based on how we are raised, how we understand the bible, or whatever else. People can feel they are offering the help they have to offer, and you rejected it (or them) and I mean to tell you what, there are SO MANY THINGS the devil can (try) to turn it into an offense, I simply cannot list them all here.
I’ve had people reject what I had to say when I thought it was God’s will I said certain things. It hurts, because we think we are giving a gift, and it just got rejected. If it happens 100 times, we may be at risk of getting offended. You’d be suprised how many people have “rebuked me” when I talk about Growing In Christ.
There are some who believe getting saved leads to this “instant Jesus pudding” and we automatically grow, without any real participation on our part.
Growing in Grace is a message that is balanced, and between the “Auto Pilot’ thing and the “being under law” mentality. Growing up IN Christ is a sensible and sound message, but not a popular one.
Therefore, I am delivering a word God asked me to deliver …..and yet those who seem to have the pulpit do not always agree. Does it stop me?
NO! It will not! And, I must not get offended. If I do, I will ruin myself.
I”m so glad when people tell me things like, “I waved at you, you didn’t wave back”. So many times, I just did not see them wave at me!
There are times people forget, don’t hear us, or do not understand how important something is to us. (really). Don’t fall for the “all about me” mentality. It’s a monster! Cartoon by Jeff Larson
Yes, there are times people have been little snots, but it’s not all that often. Most of the time when people hurt us, it’s quite accidental.
The important thing is that remain “not offended”. If I’m not, I can go foward in Christ.
Proverbs 18:19 says “A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.”
Don’t put your walls up. It’s just not worth it to miss out on what God has for you next.
Laura Grace, Author, Grace to the Rescue and Grace to Grow, available on Amazon.