KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 18:7 (KJV). “Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!”
We now consider other sources of offences. These are offences that come from circumstances and situations which are not necessarily from a human being. The uncertain weather can spark of an offence in a person. The economic situation, causing high inflation, may place heavy burdens on certain individuals, and can cause very deep offence. A delay in a flight schedule at the airport can also result in an offence. The delay in child birth of a couple can generate a very deep offence. There can be a million situations that create an offence in certain individuals. There are also offences caused by individuals who may not be aware that their actions or inactions has hurt another person.
In the Lord’s statement concerning offences, He said it must needs be that offences come. Why did the Lord add this very statement to the things he said about offence? An offence proves what kind of person you are. “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.”— Proverbs 24:10 (KJV) When an individual pick’s up an offence, it means his strength is small. It means he or she must do something about it less he may be destroyed by a more severe situation. Offences put the whole body in a very bad shape. It may even be fatal or deadly depending on how bad one allows himself or herself to feel. Some have even ended up committing suicide because they could not control the way they were feeling.
In the book of James, it shows us what to do when we find ourselves in diverse situations that can cause various degrees of offence in us, James 1:2-4
IT teaches from verse 2 that:
Vrs 2 Count it all joy when adversity comes
Vrs 3: Adversity tries your faith to produce patience
Vrs 4 When patience is allowed, it makes you perfect wanting nothing
Instead of getting offended and destroying your moral, allow the adverse situation to work out perfection in you. Determine that you would overcome it.
Someone said challenges are what makes life interesting, and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. Kill the offence, don’t let the offence kill you.
I am equal to every challenge that comes my way. The greater one lives in me and I am able to overcome it. God my father will not allow what I cannot stand my way.
1 Corinthians 10:13 (KJV). “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
Romans 8:28 (KJV) “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”