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Taking Offense At Little Things


I thought that I was living a contented, ircubt life. Alas, I wasn’t.

When someone said that I looked like I lost weight, I get offended. When someone said that I looked like I gained weight, I get offended. To say that I get offended easily is an understatement.

I didn’t realize that I was sinning against the Lord whenever I get offended at little things until He reminded me that my security should not be on what people will say or think about me, but on what He will say or think about me. My security, my self-worth, should only come from Him and not from anything or anyone else.

I have observed that after asking God to intervene (as I was having quite a hard time on not taking offense), the magic happened. It was only when I acknowledged that I was sinning against God and that I needed His grace to redeem me from that sin that He was able to work in me. He put me in certain situations where I would normally feel offended, but I was surprised more than once that I haven’t!

The Lord gave me the discernment about the root of my offense: entitlement. If I continue to think that I deserve to be treated a certain way, then I’m setting myself up for a sure heartbreak. Because the truth is, I don’t deserve anything—not my family, my finances, or even my breath.

For the wages of sin is death.

– Romans 6:23a NIV

As a human, it is a given that I’m a sinner. Therefore, what I deserve is none other than death. The good news is…

The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

– Romans 6:23b NIV

Since I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I can have confidence that I will get to spend my eternal life in heaven even if I don’t deserve it.