Thursday, November 30, 2006

Taking Offense

We are in a culture where taking offense has become a cottage industry. In every village and every church there are people who have become professionals at taking offense. By some quirk of manipulation they have convinced themselves and many others that being offended is a virtue. The more I am offended the more virtuous I am. Consequently, those who give offense are the ones in sin. The results are shown in people apologizing and explaining that they really did not mean it to the offended person. The offended person rarely forgives.

Giving offense may be sin if it is intentional. Taking offense is always sin. Not forgiving is another awful sin.

“This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart." Matthew 18:35

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