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forgivenesskey1I’m SLOWLY learning that keeping my mouth shut allows others to speak, even if they in turn throw themselves under the bus. I have always desired to have the last word so I would argue people to death, always in a futile attempt to somehow defend myself against a paranoia inflicted offense. The person offending would walk away from me as I tried with all my might to free myself from the trap I laid out.

forgivenesskey3Taking offense is a TRAP. You can’t be offended by someone you don’t know. Why do we give so much personal power to people who don’t really know us and how God has shown true in our deliverance?
I have to CHOOSE not to take the bait. I need to put God first, obey HIS words for ME, and allow the offense to come and go without finding a soft place to land.

forgivenesskey42 Kings 13:1-6 – In the twenty-third year of Joash son of Ahaziah king of Judah, Jehoahaz son of Jehu became king of Israel in Samaria, and he reigned seventeen years. 2 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord by following the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit, and he did not turn away from them. 3 So the Lord’s anger burned against Israel, and for a long time he kept them under the power of Hazael king of Aram and Ben-Hadad his son. 4 Then Jehoahaz sought the Lord’s favor, and the Lord listened to him, for he saw how severely the king of Aram was oppressing Israel. 5 TheLord provided a deliverer for Israel, and they escaped from the power of Aram. So the Israelites lived in their own homes as they had before.6 But they did not turn away from the sins of the house of Jeroboam, which he had caused Israel to commit; they continued in them. Also, the Asherah pole remained standing in Samaria.

The question I need to ask myself is this: Even though I have the best of intentions by tearing down the type of worship in my life (I’m talking about worship of SELF to the point of being easily offended), do I have enough love to go to my offender and show CHRIST through my actions and words? If not, I am still in sin and there is no forgiveness.

FORGIVENESS IN OFFENSE IS KEY

forgivenesskey5The chance to offer may not come again. Why stay stuck in the trap? It wasn’t meant for you to be there.

You can read 2 Kings 11-15 about the kingdom divided and the kings of Israel and Judah 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 #2Kings

To further your reading, and to dive a bit deeper, consider this from

Proverbs 4:23 – Above all else, guard your heart,for everything you do flows from it.

Let’s not give lip service to the Lord. We need to concentrate on the desires God has for us that will keep us on the straight and narrow. Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks. What are we speaking, even in moments of offense?

Related Scriptures: Matthew 12:34; Luke 6:45; Mark 7:20

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