1 Samuel 24:6 – He said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the Lord.”
ALL of us have been misunderstood or mistreated at some time in our lives. MANY of us choose to hold grudges, holding the offense over the heads of those we feel deserve justice. Pastor Tilghman once said to us that taking offense is like putting yourself in jail and giving someone else the key to walk away with. Why would we do that to ourselves?
Offense is a spiritual hangnail. It just sits there and becomes a nuisance until the offended party decides to see their part and forgive the offender. The best time to forgive someone is the MINUTE they hurt our feelings because offenses are only lies from the enemy to keep us trapped in self-pity.
When I am a lover of people, through Christ, then I will not be so easily offended. I will be able to see them as Christ sees them and be more open to receiving what it is they have to offer me.
I’ve said this before…Out of the heart, the mouth speaks. It’s only an offense when I take it that way and when I choose to react to it in a negative way instead of reacting with love and gentleness. If I want to be happy, I should consider trying to make others happy. Offense is unproductive and it is a stumbling stone. It steals everything and produces nothing.
Don’t you think David was a bit offended at the fact that Saul was trying to KILL him? I would think so, but he also recognized the anointing of the Lord on his King. He CHOSE to forget the insults and wrongs done to him. Are we so gracious in our own relationships? I’m not always. What are we to do the next time we are wronged? How about we put on a little forgiveness instead of taking a dose of vengeance?
You can read 1 Samuel 22-25 about David’s attempts to flee from Saul at www.biblegateway.com.. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #1Samuel
To further your reading, and to dive a bit deeper, consider this from
Romans 13:1-7 – Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. 6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
God has placed things and people and instiutions in our lives in power. But why? Sometimes His plans are none of our concern, but we are to respect the positions and roles of those to whom God has given authority but we also shall not allow ANY leader to pressure us to violated God’s law.