KEY SCRIPTURE:2 Corinth 6:1 KJV” We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain”.
Our call not to give any OFFENCE as servants of God, is based on the grounds that, God has made available to us, a divine ability to excel in every challenge we encounter. Our key scripture makes it plain. It says in 2Corinth 6:1 that, “We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain”. In our previous study we said, to give offence is to raise a stumbling block, to act against the expected standard, or to develop a feeling that places you out of line. You must be aware that no matter the condition that comes your way, you have already been strengthened to stand without getting bitter, or saying and doing something wrong.
Apostle Paul was one man of God who faced very severe trials and challenges, yet through it all he said, ‘we are more than conquerors.’ He said in Romans 8:39 that ” Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”. What made Paul so resolute to go through all these death threatening situations and was never broken down? I believe he was able to endure all these by his knowledge of the Lord, the power of the Holy Spirit at work in Him and lastly the scriptural declarations that he made about the power of God at work in Him. In Philip. 4:12&13 He declares that, he has learnt to survive all kinds of situations, whether good or bad. In verse 13, he added ” I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.
Paul was a man of faith, who kept declaring words of faith in all situations. Just consider the following declarations from him. Philippians 2:13 KJV “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings:” From the verse he is saying, God is actively working through me and so I do not complain or murmur about anything. Dear child and servant of God learn to put faith in God’s word by boldly declaring them in all adverse situations. There is enough grace to go through any kind of situation without giving any offence. Believe it, say it and be ready to act it.
I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. I have received enough grace to stand before every kind of adversity and not give any offence.
Philippians 4:12 KJV” I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things, I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”.
Romans 8:35. KJV” Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, for thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter”.