Yesterday we mentioned hurt feelings and our choice in response to them. Today we are going to explain the difference between hurt and being offended. Hurt is something that we experience because something wrong has been done to us, such as lies, broken promises, or gossip. Offense is not the result of something done to us, it’s something that we choose when something bugs us, maybe a character trait we don’t like in certain people. Hurt happens to us and being offended is a choice made by us. We need the wisdom of God to be able to sort through our hurt hearts and our offended hearts, because He cares about them both!
Questions for further thought:
1. Have you ever thought about the difference between hurt and offended?
2. What are some ways you have been able to sort through the two?
Challenge: Think about the situations you may be feeling hurt about right now. Write them down and ask God to show you if it’s hurt of offense.
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