No Offense

by admin ~ November 22nd, 2014. Filed under: Brandenburg.

In Matthew 5:24 in His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says, “first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.”  When we won’t reconcile with a brother or sister, our worship is hindered.  You have to get things settled with one another.  A part of this discussion centers on two acts: forbearance and forgiveness.  If you have been offended in some way, scriptural or otherwise, you can choose to forbear.  You could also call this “turning the other cheek.”  It isn’t supposed to be easy to offend a Christian for many biblical reasons, one of which is Psalm 119:165, “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.” John Bunyan wrote concerning this: “They that have this character of God’s children, will not the stumbled at God’s dispensations, let them he never so cross to their desires, because they have a God to fly unto in all their troubles, and a sure covenant to rest upon.”  Forgiveness comes after some confrontation or interaction with the offender or the one offended — this is the reconciliation that Jesus is talking about.  When the situation is settled, you forgive.  You choose to let it god.  Two other concepts come into play here: don’t let the sun go down upon your wrath and put away bitterness.  All of this relates to love.  You love your neighbor.  And it relates to trusting God — all things work together for good to them who love God.

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