Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 18
Verse 19: “A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city, and contentions are like the bars of a castle.”
What should we do when we have offended a brother or sister? As much as I would like to think that I am a nice person without desire to bring harm to people, I do on occasion offend. Sometimes unintentional, sometimes simply because of my flesh getting out of control. How we react to us offending people is paramount. If we have offended them without sinning against them, there may not be much you can do. Jesus offended many. We cannot always prevent it. However, if our offending them is because we have sinned against them, the first thing we must do is repent inwardly and toward God.
Despite the pride that may stand between us and confessing our fault to the one we have offended; we must walk in obedience to God by following through with it. As hard as it may be to restore the relationship, the longer we put it off - the more it will rot away at our spirit. If you have ever suffered your pride and confessed your offense, you will remember the freedom and peace that came from doing your part to restore the relationship. If you do someone wrong, be quick to repent and confess to that person and ask for their forgiveness. It will be the first step to mending the relationship. It doesn’t mean they will accept you, but you will have fulfilled God’s expectation.
Lord, I want to be careful not to offend anyone, but if I do - help me to suffer my pride and confess and repent immediately. If I fail to show true Christian character with my deeds, show me how to demonstrate Christian character through humility and repentance. Amen
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