This morning as I was preparing for work, I was reflecting on a response to an email that I had sent the night before.

My first thought was ‘I hope I didn’t offend her.’ This started a conversation with God that was highly convicting.

God spoke to my heart and said ‘do you realize when a Christian asks someone if they offended them that they are simply putting the blame on the other person, for as Christians are you not supposed to be offended?’

I replied ‘I can see that.’

My next thought was ‘well, I hope I didn’t hurt her feelings.’ Again, God spoke to my heart.

He responded ‘You are still putting the responsibility on her because Christians are not led by feelings.’

Finally, I said to God ‘I hope I didn’t hurt her.’

I knew exactly what God was saying. Often times as Christians, if we say something that hurts someone our response is ‘well, it’s not my problem if they got offended, I was simply speaking truth.’

As I was talking to God this morning He said to me ‘You think it is not your problem if you offend someone by speaking truth, but I SAY IT IS.’

He took me to two scriptures. The first is found in Matthew 5.

Matthew 5:23-24 says; “Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”

After reading this scripture, if by chance you still feel justified because HE is the one who has something against you…let me clear that up for you today.

Matthew 18:7 says; “Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!”

The Amplified Bible says it like this; “Woe (judgment is coming) to the world because of stumbling blocks and temptations to sin! It is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to the person on whose account or through whom the stumbling block comes!”

1 Corinthians 16:14 says; “Let all you do, be done in love.”

Now, I know there will be times that you hurt or offend someone and you truly don’t mean to. But I will say this, watch your delivery. Make sure you do all things in love, say all things in love. And…if you do hurt someone, don’t try to put it on them, instead humble yourself and apologize and repent. Then God can work in the situation.

It’s Gods desire for us to walk in peace with one another, to do that, it must come from a place of humility on our part. While that may not sound enticing to some…God LOVES a humble heart, God can work with a humble heart. Let’s love one another and do all things in love.

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