Freed By Forgiveness

This message has been circulating on Facebook; if you’re offended, there is only one answer: get over it.
Offense is a stumbling block that Satan uses to keep many Christians from experiencing life to the fullest.
The word for offense that is used in the New Testament means “the part of the trap on which the bait …lies to lure in its victim,” and offense is part of Satan’s trap to keep us from going forward in our walk with God.
Wow! I agree!
I’m not easily to be offended. I find that there is no one that I know worth the trouble of being offended over to the spoil of my life.
The quickest way to get over an offense is to forgive and move on.
Forgiveness frees you from being bound by hurt feelings and anger.
I have known many people that wouldn’t show up at a social occasion because someone they are offended at is going to be there.
The strange thing is the person they are mad at doesn’t know it and shows up for the occasion and has a wonderful time.
The only person the offended is hurting is himself!
And how often should you forgive someone that offends you?
Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”
Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.
Matt 18:21-22
The Jews taught that a man should be forgiven 3 times but not 4.
Peter more than doubled the amount but Jesus told him to exploit forgiveness to the max.
Forgiveness is not based on a number but on your relationship with God.
The closer you are to God, the more forgiveness will become a natural response to offense.
The further from God you are and it’s just the opposite.
You will harbor hate and anger at the expense of your own Christian growth.

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