Matthew 24:10 (AMP)10 And then many will be offended and repelled and will [a]begin to distrust and desert [Him Whom they ought to trust and obey] and will stumble and fall away and betray one another and pursue one another with hatred.
Matthew 24:12 (AMP)12 And the love of [a]the great body of people will grow cold because of the multiplied lawlessness and iniquity,
There are many opportunities throughout the day to be offended. Offense is like something that just constantly bothers us. Those little thoughts and offense can control our lives if we let them. Offense is feeling just a little bit of disappointment about things not being the way they should be. We can be offended by our own actions, our job, places we shop and all kinds of other situations and people. When we get offended the only person it hurts is us – it certainly doesn’t hurt those we are offended at.
Being offended can cause our love to grow cold. The best time to decide not to be offended is the moment we feel the offense. Don’t let anything that will hurt our spiritual maturity take root and grow in our lives. We need to go to bed without offense and wake up without offense. Loving people and living without offense will bring great happiness in your life.
When we feel offended it can cause us to stumble. Offense can keep us from growing it Christ. Offense is a trap that lures us to Satan’s trap for our lives. Satan wants us to be offended so we stumble and pursue certain aspects of life with hatred. Don’t let offense get you off of track in your pursuit of Christian maturity.
Everything God asks us to do we can do, that includes forgiving people, and not living in offense. God doesn’t ask us to stay out of offense for Him but for our own good. Everything that God asks us to do is for our good. The better our decisions the better our lives will be.
Philippians 1:9-10AMP)9 And this I pray: that your love may abound yet more and more and extend to its fullest development in knowledge and all keen insight [that your love may [a]display itself in greater depth of acquaintance and more comprehensive discernment],10 So that you may surely learn to sense what is vital, and approve and prize what is excellent and of real value [recognizing the highest and the best, and distinguishing the moral differences], and that you may be untainted and pure and unerring and blameless [so that with hearts sincere and certain and unsullied, you may approach] the day of Christ [not stumbling nor causing others to stumble].