I think we were taught that by the world around us.
Maybe being offended by so very many different things isn’t such a great way to live.
It’s almost as if some have made it a profession.
“What do you do?”
“I’m offended. That’s what I do. I get offended”
Peace, even in daily life, even in the middle of this messed up world, is a good thing to work toward.
I have the peace that passes understanding down in my heart.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
It’s offensive when people are so easily offended.
Am I living for praise from people?
Am I living for praise from God?
Sometimes they overlap and it’s great when this happens.
Sometimes not so much and that comes down to the true character in each of us.
It’s hard to lose friends when we stand up for something ~ but it happens.
Maybe the word “friend” is a little overused?
We CANNOT please everyone. Why do people try to please everyone?
Not even everyone loves Jesus. Think about this. If every person does not want Jesus, then why in the world would we even begin to think that everyone should love everything about each other? How much MORE are people not going to love us for standing up and sharing our opinions or even bigger and more importantly; our faith?
I’m not sure WE even love everything about OURSELVES. So WHY do we think if we disagree on something, it’s a magnificent tragedy? It seems being offended because someone views stuff differently goes against the very fact that God made us each different ON PURPOSE. He did not HAVE to make us all different. He chose to.
If you’re looking for someone who likes, agrees, loves, hates, and is impressed or not impressed with exactly the very same everything as you are you’re not going to find it. Just love people where they are. It’s really not so difficult to do this.
At the end of my life it may not matter as much if a person is impressed by how I lived but I absolutely, for sure, with every part of me, want to hear from God, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”