“Good sense makes one slow to anger and it is his glory to overlook an offense.” (Proverbs 19:11 ESV)
“Woe to the world because of offenses. For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes.” (Matthew 18:7 ESV)
Tis the season…for grumbling, groaning, whining and getting offended.
Why, you may ask?
Because the devil is mad. He is mad that we are winning and he is losing.
I keep hearing, “But it doesn’t feel like he is losing. He is fighting hard against me.” Then fight back harder. Take it to Jesus. Ask Him for help. He will fight for you. But you have to ask.
But this is also the season for respect and consideration. Truthfully, it’s always the season for that. There are people out there hurting. They need a kind word, a helping hand or just a smile. I know people are busy. But we need to start checking on people, especially with winter coming. Check on your neighbors, check on the elderly person close to you. They may not have family to help them. Check on the sick. A quick text or call may be the thing that lifts their spirits.
I know first hand that loneliness can let offense in. I was there a few years ago. No one cared enough to see if I was ok. No one loved me enough to care about my welfare. Those are lies from the devil. When I finally realized it, I took a stand against it and remembered that people do care. I was just closing them out.
Now is not the time for offense. Now is the time for defense. We have to defend our territory. We need to take back what has been stolen by the devil.
So I encourage you today to take a stand against offense. Don’t let the devil win. He wants to isolate us from others so we can be manipulated and let in offense against others. Check on each other. Even if it’s just a quick text, it’s letting that person know they are loved and not alone.
God bless you all. Have a wonderful day.
Writer and Prayer warrior with Answers2Prayer Ministries
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