A slap in the face demands a reaction and the conditions of the heart are revealed. Disrespect, hurt feelings and gross misunderstandings are not bad in what they uncover, but in the reactions to them.
Offense is the evidence of where you need to grow, where you have overcome or the fact, that you are on the enemy’s list for attack. It can be a source of shame, then embarrassment, but eventually a trophy.
Offense cannot be avoided and when it exposes your flaws, rejoice. Rejoice because the enemy has done this, he through his narcissistic tendencies has shown you another area of growth.
You have learned a critical fact about one of the greatest mysteries in life, who you are. As the offenses pour in from many sides and angles, the offending parties are no longer seen as enslavers, but as liberators.
“The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’“ ‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
“ ‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them.