Love takes no offense…….
Wow, isn’t that the opposite of what actually happens? Love and offense seem to go hand and hand. I mean no one can offend me like the people that I love the most. . Any passing comment has a history behind it. Any small gesture can feel like a pointed criticism. Any thoughtless act seems like a premeditated act of terror. Sad but true.
Love takes no offense.
Yet offenses happen all the time. What is our reaction if someone were to bad mouth a loved one, spouse, or family member? The gloves would come off and we would fight to defend them….but…. Those same gloves can be used to hurt the person we would fight to the death defending. Why?
The devil is like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
My friend’s mom is a renown photographer and recently told me of her trip to Africa. They were hidden from sight when all of a sudden there was absolutely no movement across the plain. No sounds. Nothing. And she knew a lion was in their midst. No sooner had she uttered that thought then a lion burst onto the scene chasing a herd of zebras. Those poor zebras, she lamented. They can never let their guard down. No, I thought, those smart zebras. Smarter than the average…Christian.
Yes, we have a very real adversary, with very old tricks. Yet they are so effective because unlike those zebras, we forget. We relax. We let our guard down and think life is just happening to us.
This past week Paul and I got into one of the biggest…..ahem…disagreements in years, and the frustration in the room was palpable. Over what? What could cause such marital discord? Dishes. Of course. And 11 years of “life” piggybacking onto one offhanded comment. Why this week? I wondered. And then I saw an email that Paul was scheduled to teach a class on Biblical servant hood. Oh yeah, and we had a meeting on Friday to pray with other couples in preparing for the upcoming marriage retreat with our church. Of course. I have heard teacher after teacher in sermons confirm that whatever they are about to teach on is almost guaranteed to be tested. Yet where was my readiness? I took offense. Instead of going on the offense spiritually against the real enemy. (read: not my husband)
Why does the devil want to divide us? Maybe it has something to do with Jesus prayer in John 17
20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.
This is so powerful…..Our unity proclaims Christ’s Deity….
The devil is always out to prove God’s word is invalid and outdated. We need to remember that. Daily. And cling even more to His Word. Read it. Meditate on it. Talk about it. There is no greater strategy.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.
Love takes no offense