The Test #4 Am I Easily Offended?
The Test #4 Am I Easily Offended?
Somehow our culture has turned into one where people are easily offended. It’s like there is a competition to see you can get more morally outraged at the lightest things. It’s rampant in the church. In the fellowship of believers we are to have unity, forgiving one another, bearing each other’s burdens, being long suffering with one another. Instead at the slightest provocation, he didn’t shake my hand, they stopped playing the music I like, she’s preaching too long, they take up an offense and leave the congregation. The thin skinned are bound to sin. Sin is any behavior that deters, damages, or destroys right relationships. If you find yourself to be easily offended there is some growing up you need to do.
When Christ is in you, the Holy Spirit has taken up residence within, transforming your mind in a process of maturity that empowers you to follow Jesus. A disciple, a Christ follower, a Christian, by definition, is to be like Jesus. The gospel reveals that through faith in Jesus’ atoning work, your sins can be forgiven and a right relationship with God can be initiated, that is Jesus selfless gift to you. Your part is to realize that you need this forgiveness and reconciliation to get you out of the mess you have made. Your part is to believe that Jesus is the way, the truth, the life, and following Him is your path to living your life to the full. Your part is to commit, you surrender your way, the old way, of doing life, to learn how to do life God’s way, you bend the knee, making a sacred vow to live as a servant of God. Your part is to simply ask, to ask God to receive you as one of His own. God hears the prayers of those who diligently seek Him. The Holy Spirit takes you up on your invitation to open your life to Him. Now Christ is in you, moving you, compelling you, teaching you, convicting you, empowering to be a lover, to live a selfless life, to become everything that God created you to be. Christ in you is a way of acknowledging that God is sanctifying your life, as a result you are growing deep, growing up, and growing fruit. Proof that Christ is in you is in the fruit.
“…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
2 Corinthians 13:5–6 (NIV)
Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test? And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test.
In the Church there are people who regularly fail this test question. They are ready to write off another believer over the most insignificant of perceived slights. (Why Easily Offended People Are A Waste of Your Time - Level Up Stud) When someone pushes your button you need to ask yourself why you are getting upset. Take it as a challenge, as a growth lesson, find out why you are offended.
Another example of the easily offended person is the miserable constant complainer. they are always criticizing, bringing out the negative in every situation. “Hey, congratulations on winning the Lotto.” “Thanks, but know I have got a huge tax bill.” They tend to compare and get offended when someone has it better than them. They are more concerned over what they don’t have than the blessings God has freely placed in their lives. They are unhappy in the circumstances of life. Things just aren’t the way they want and its colored everything they see. Something has sucked all the joy out of their lives. They harbor a discontent.
So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.
When Christ is in you, you make allowances for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you (Colossians 3:13 NLT). “Bad-tempered. touchy, and quarrelsome religious people” seem to do more harm to the Church than any enemy outside the Church (E. Stanley jones, Victorious Living p. 32). When Christ is in you, you are a lover. Love “puts up with anything, trusts God always [for the outcomes], always looks for the best, never looks back, but keeps going to the end” (1 Corinthians 13:7). Finding yourself in behaviors that are inconsistent with love means the Holy Spirit is inviting you to partner with him to change your ways.
The wise are patient; they will be honored if they ignore insults.