Imagine your beautiful laid out future being scattered and demolished at the feet of offences. Surely, it’s not a sight you would love to see. One simple un-wisely handled offence can destroy the efforts and hard work of many years, in one day. Many people are victims of the consequences of being offended. This article shows how you can avoid or overcome temptations of offences.
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it – 1 Corinthians 10:13
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak – Matthew 26:41
Though you can’t stop offence from coming, you can avoid being offended. When offence comes, the temptation to be offended is usually strong. Offence wants you to be irritated, angry, humiliated, to feel pain or injured. It is your choice whether to let offence have its way or not. Peradventure you get offended, your next action can be disastrous.
How to avoid being offended
- Expect Offence to come any time
This helps you to be prepared and you won’t be caught unawares.
- Make a decision never to be offended no matter what the case may be. It will subdue any negative emotion that may want to rise, like pride, anger, etc
- Seek God’s help.
The flesh will always tempt you to be offended even when you are willing not to be. So you need a higher authority to help you not to be offended.
- Die to self
A dead man cannot be tempted. ‘Dying to self’ means that you are spiritually minded, and not carnally minded. It gives you control over your emotions and enables you to wisely handle offences.
- Daily evaluate your progress
Examine how you fared against offences daily. If you got offended, find out the root cause of you being offended and deal with it.
- Celebrate your victories
When offence comes and you don’t get offended, celebrate it. This act will encourage you to press on. On the other hand, if you got offended, don’t be discouraged or angry with yourself. You will do better next time.
- Thank God for your victories
There is need for you to always return all glory to God who helped you. This will secure consistent supply of divine helps.
Surely offences will come but the consequences of being offended demand that you learn how to avoid getting offended. The steps given above when followed will turn you into a person that rarely gets offended, if at all you do.
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