#743 – Offended (Part 5) Addicted to Offense

Proverbs 18:19
A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarreling is like the bars of a castle.

Offense is a strange bedfellow, offense chokes the life in you and not the persons that harmed you.

Offense is the Uninvited guest that shows up and you are too polite, to ask them to leave.

To be offended is to lose power and hand your remote control over to another person.

Offended is a polar opposite to walking in who you are, what you do and the assignment for your life.

Unmitigated Offense is a distraction from your purpose, gift and calling.

Have you heard of the Stockholm Syndrome? It is the phenomena, when the victim of kidnapping, becomes emotionally attached to the kidnapper. Are you still attached to the moment, that stole your joy?

The offending outbursts are oddly the only time you can express the pain, you go from offense to offense, to more offense.

The offended express their anger downhill and towards those who cannot respond. The person is angry here, because they cannot be anger, there. The there is where the real hurt is and where the source of the offense emanates.

When you break things down to their lowest denominator, to accept offense is lose control. Offense is not a sign of strength, but a sign of weakness.

Today, everyone is offended about something and may even be offended, that you are not offended. If you are not equally as offended, following the rules of the offenders manual, you may find yourself targeted by the offended’s fury.

James 1:19-20
This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.

Romans 12:17-21
Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

2 Timothy 2:24 (NLT)
A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people.

2 Corinthians 13:11
Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.

Ephesians 4:2-3
Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

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