Hello everybody! And welcome back to another week of Music Monday’s!! Glad you could join me in this goal to turn Monday’s into the new Friday’s. This week’s song speaks to my heart so much, it is literally the cry of my heart and I’m sure some of you may feel the same way. It speaks about a heart that forgives. Oh how hard it is to have a heart that forgives in a time where a lack of forgiveness and offences remain prominent. Today I’d like to address the problem of offences.
Matthew 24:3-10 discusses the signs of the times and the end of the age
- 3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will bethe sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” 4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all[a] these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences,[b] and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.
Now in Luke 17:1-4 Jesus warns of offenses
- 17 Then He said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to himthrough whom they do come! 2 It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. 3 Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you,[a] rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. 4 And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you,[b] saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.”
What is offence?
“The word offence comes from the Greek word, Skandalon. The word means a snare, a noose or a trap” (Dominion, 2014). It also means something that makes someone to stumble or fall into a scandalous act. The connotation between the stumble and the scandalous act is often times inseparable because the stumble causes use to make rash decisions. Offence just like anger is a normal emotion; however, it is pivotal that we not sin in that anger the same in the case of offence.
Matthew 24:10 reads ‘And then many will be offended, will betray one another and will hate another’
This passage explains that when we allow ourselves to be offended and we don’t deal with it it leads to other very damaging emotions. This occurs in marriages, work places (can I get an AMEN) and takes up a high percentage among many, there’s also the issue of it being right at our home churches.
God warns us in Proverbs 18:19 that ‘A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city.’ Wow. This means that it is a lot easier to conquer or win a strong city than reconcile a brother who is offended. This is serious considering the fact that many get offended by minor issues, maybe an usher asked you to move from where you are sitting and you are not happy or someone pointed something out to you that you’d been trying to avoid. Let’s do an evaluation, do you know someone who may be offended with something you’ve done or are you the offended one? Let’s change that today, this Monday.
Signs that you are offended
- Withdrawal from relationship and fellowship
- Distrust: Offended people lost trust for everybody. A church member that is offended can lose the respect and trust and esteem he or she has for the leader.
- Unanswered prayers. Carrying offenses can lead to unanswered prayers. So look in your heart now. Jesus said in Mark 11 that if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them so that your father in heaven may forgive you your sins.
- Recollection of events. Selective memory.
How to deal with offences.
- Forgive quickly. Ephesians 4:32
- Learn to confront issues biblically. Matthew 18:15-18
- Pray for your enemies. Matthew 5:44
- Make a decision early not to revenge. Romans 12:17-19
- Give the situation to God in prayers and stop talking about it. Talking about it gives the situation more power.
- Love unconditionally. Maybe the most important as it sums all the point up.
This week’s song is Kevin Levar’s – A Heart That Forgives