|TODAY’S DAILY INSPIRATION|
FEELING OFFENDED“But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.
“But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.” Luke 6:27-36
The Lord’s been showing me something these days that is truly life-changing. His Spirit has been speaking to my heart that I need to stop allowing myself to get OFFENDED over people’s words and actions. And that when I find I have allowed myself to get offended, I need to LOVE AND FORGIVE THEM. But that’s not all!The Lord has showed me over and again the very people I’m allowing myself to get offended by are people He may want me to PRAY FOR, HELP, and MINISTER TO. Yes, you read that right.
Trouble is I’ve allowed myself for so long to be so consumed with myself and how I feel and how I’ve been hurt that I have missed countless opportunities to minister to a world in need!
Think this message is just for me? Doubtful. I feel so very compelled to share it with you. With whomever is led to read this. With the whole world, in fact.
Why? We are ALL called to love, to forgive, to pray for people, to help people, to tell people about the Lord Jesus Christ, and to help people find and follow Him. But when we allow ourselves to get offended, and we become consumed with ourselves and our hurts and become mired in self-pity, vengeance, pride, judgment, etc., we may well miss our opportunities.
Please do as I’m doing. Learn how not to get offended. And, when you find that you’ve already become offended, love. Forgive. And follow the Lord as He leads the way as far as prayer, helping, and ministering are concerned.