Saturday, December 03, 2011

Do you feel offended?

We received this very short note from our friend and brother Peter in Tasmania over the weekend.  It's given me much to think about and I wanted to share it with you.

In the mid-1970s, right after my sister Susie and I decided to follow the Lord, we discussed this matter.  Is it ever right, ever permissible, to feel offended by what others say or do about us?

Our conclusion was: No.  Jesus spoke sharply against the rich and the powerful.  He had no time for sin.  But stooping to argue about who said what and how in the right way did not become a part of his life.

Rather than straightening up our supposed grievances, let us pray!  Earnestly praying for the people that say unkind and possibly incorrect things about us rewards us with the inner strength and peace to keep on walking in the Light.

That is what Susie and I discovered years ago and it still works. 


What do you think?  Any comments?


  1. yes your right Derrick.Praying for them makes more sense than spending your time stewing and arguing with them.

  2. Agreed. Of course being offended means holding feelings of bitterness, resentment, and unforgiveness. Nevertheless, sometimes grievances need to be addressed by bringing them up, and serious mistakes need to be corrected with charity.