How do people become offended? What offends you? There are many things in life that tug at the strings of your heart or play with your mind. Being offended is all too often simply a choice.
Advertising companies know just how to present a product in such a way that makes you pick up the phone, jump on the computer or voice your concern over a perceived injustice. Rather than going online and calling for a boycott of this, that or another we should compare it to God’s rather than man’s standard. Rodney King said it best, “Can’t we all just get along?” We could, you know but it requires sacrifice.
We should be offended by what Almighty God say’s is offensive to him.
- We are told to have no other gods before the creator God. What is your god?
- We are told not to worship things instead of God. What or who do you idolize?
- We are told not to take God’s name in vain. Do you bless and curse in the name of God?
- We are told to remember the Sabbath and keep it holy. Who is the god of your Sabbath?
- We are told to honor your father and your mother. Do we really honor them by disrespectful words or actions?
- We are told not to kill. Who have you killed by your tongue or your actions?
- We are told not to commit adultery. As a man thinks – he does?
- We are told not to steal. What have you taken that wasn’t yours to take?
- We are told not to speak falsely against your neighbor? Little white lies included?
- We are told not to covet what other people have. Focusing on what others possess makes the grass look greener on their side of the fence. What do you wish you had?
It’s easier to justify why we do that which God has commanded us not to than it is to repent and ask God to forgive up.
Jesus was offended and overturned the money changers tables in the outer courtyard of the temple but told us to be angry but sin not. That’s the hard part. When we see someone being mistreated should we be like Moses and strike down the offender or do as Jesus said to turn the other cheek?
When your relationship with God is in right standing you will be able to do the right thing, in spite of what others say or do, it’s one thing to be led by the Holy Spirit and quite another to let your inner self push you along.
Respect is something everyone deserves, yet it is easier to give and harder to receive.
When your mind is on you everything becomes offensive and you in turn are a living offense.
Luke 10:27 – He (Jesus) answered: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’.”
This Jesus said is the greatest commandment. – I am the Real Truckmaster!