How to Quickly Bounce Back From Offense
Luke 17:1 Jesus said to His disciples, “Stumbling blocks [temptations and traps set to lure one to sin] are sure to come, but woe (judgment is coming) to him through whom they come!
Offenses are impossible to avoid, so it is imperative that EVERY believer have a game plan on how to bounce back when offended.
Most of us know how to deal with major offenses. Big public offenses give us an opportunity to demonstrate our Christianity. You know, “Let our light shine before men..” But those casual, flippant, or offhand remarks that no one else sees can gnaw at us and steal our peace for hours or even days if we let them.
Somebody needs to SEE me being a good Christian here!!
Without fully knowing why we do things to make those little offenses bigger.
- We tell our friends about it.
- We tell family about it.
- We post about it on social media.
Proverbs 19:11 Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.
Here’s some good sense for us. I recently learned that attaching emotion to any event causes it to lodge deeper in the memory banks so we remember it longer and in greater detail. The more emotional energy you give an offense, the harder it is to forget about it. So, the next time someone is rude, cuts you off in traffic, or steals your seat in church, play it cool. You’ll find it a whole lot easier to let it go and at the end of the day, isn’t that what you really want to do?
Success and progress!