KEY SCRIPTURES:2 Corinth 6:3 KJV” Giving no offence in anything, that the ministry be not blamed”:
Our key scripture is very emphatic concerning giving no OFFENCE in anything. Every man who would be a candidate for honoring God in his service must not give OFFENCE in anything. He gives the reason, why we must not give OFFENCE. He says, so that the ministry would not be blamed. The ministry is the work of God. It is about the name and glory of the Lord. Nothing should dishonor the glory of God. Every servant of God must know that the ministry is more important than him or her. Never jeopardize the work of the ministry by your actions. The word ‘offence’ means ‘ to raise a stumbling block ‘ or ‘ to act against the expected standard’ or’ to have a feeling that places you out of line’
The preceding verse talks about the conditions under which we must not give offence. 2 Corinth 6:4 KJV “But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses”. By not giving offence, we prove ourselves as servants or ministers of God. The following are the areas that we have to prove ourselves as ministers of God. In much patience in afflictions, necessities, distresses. Apostle Paul talked about being patient in stripes or persecutions, imprisonments and many more. You can’t talk about being a faithful servant of God without being prepared to face adverse situations. These are circumstances orchestrated by the devil, and it honors God for the child of God to come out with flying colors. I mean to go through without harboring hurts against men or God.
There are many workers in the body of Christ who are harboring various kinds of hurts. Some feel God has disappointed them. Others are offended in their leaders. Many are hurt because of conditions of service. The scripture said give no offence in anything. It means refuse to be hurt. Consider the following verse. Heb 12:4 KJV” Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin”. This scripture means, the difficulty you have is not demanding sacrificing your life, so don’t get offended. Even if you have to lose your life, don’t get offended.
I am servant of God. I have received enough grace to face and overcome every adverse situation. I do not give offence under any condition. I bring honor and glory to the Lord as I put Him first in everything.
Hebrews 12:2 KJV” Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God”.
Hebrews 12:3 KJV” For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds”.