Summary: 1 Offence is inevitable. but 2 Peace begins at home-with you. 3 Trust God. Leave vengeance/retribution in the LORD’s hands. 4 Relationship is more important than the Right, Power, Riches, Respect 5 Replace Anger with Love-Watch your Words.
Freedom from Broken Relationships –Make Peace
The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: . . . hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, and envy . . . and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21
1. Offense is inevitable. but
2. Peace begins at home-with you. Decide to make peace & half the battle is won.
3. Trust God. Leave vengeance/retribution in the LORD’s hands.
4. Relationship is more important than the Right, or Power, or Riches or Respect you think you deserve
5. Replace Anger with Love-Watch your Words.
Jesus said “It is impossible that no offenses should come” (Luke 17:1)
If you want to catch an animal you need a trap that will hold the animal until you are ready to collect it. But to get the animal in the trap you have to put something there that will attract it-bait. John Bevere says offense is like bait in the trap Satan sets for each one of us.
One of his most deceptive and insidious kinds of bait is something every Christian has encountered—offense. Actually, offense itself is not deadly—if it stays in the trap. But if we pick it up and consume it and feed on it in our hearts, then we have become offended. Offended people produce much fruit, such as hurt, anger, outrage, jealousy, resentment, strife, bitterness, hatred, and envy. Some of the consequences of picking up an offense are insults, attacks, wounding, division, separation, broken relation- ships, betrayal, and backsliding.
Often those who are offended do not even realize they are trapped. They are oblivious to their condition because they are so focused on the wrong that was done to them. They are in denial. The most effective way for the enemy to blind us is to cause us to focus on ourselves. -John Bevere The Bait of Satan
1. Offense is inevitable. but
2. Peace begins at home. Decide to forgive & half the battle is won.
Joseph -Genesis 50
15 When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?” 16 So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Your father left these instructions before he died: 17 ‘This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.’ Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.” When their message came to him, Joseph wept.
18 His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. “We are your slaves,” they said.
19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 21 So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.
"Peace, like charity, begins at home." -Franklin D. Roosevelt