We usually feel a need for justice when someone wrongs us. Offense stirs up thoughts of insecurity, pride, and frustration. We want to act upon it. Rid ourselves of those feelings they caused. But Jesus modeled the exact opposite reaction to offense. His whole betrayal, beating, mocking, and eventual death by those who wronged him terribly was able to be looked past by Jesus. He saw how wounded their souls were and found the strength and love to actually pray for their forgiveness. In the face of the worst injustices, Jesus chose to offer grace, mercy, forgiveness, and compassion.
Questions for further thought:
1. What insecurities or wounds cause you to respond to offense in ways other than how Jesus did?
2. What’s keeping you from fully loving others?
Challenge: Ask Jesus to help you look past acts of brokenness to the heart of those who offend you.
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