What represents an offence unto you?
"By Bisi Oladipupo"
An offence means a violation or breach of law. For the perspective of this article anything that is trying to stop, or hinder you from doing the right thing. In this case, anything that represents a hindrance to obeying the Lord or fulfilling His call upon your life is an
Unfortunately, sometimes these may be friends and even family members. Sometimes an offence can be too much TV, wasting time
walking around shopping centres, anything that is taking your attention away to do the things that really matter.
We can all look around and see pulls and hindrances. So what do we do?
Our Lord Jesus Christ had a close disciple who for a moment represented an offence unto Him.
Matthew 16; 21 - 23
21 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.
23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
Thank God, after this rebuke, Peter dropped his idea and lined up with the counsel of God.
So how do we handle offences?
Matthew 5: 29 - 30
29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should
perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
From the above verses, one principle can be derived. We need to cut off whatever represents an offence in our lives. That's
a principle! Look at verse 29: An eye is precious, but nothing should be too precious to us to take the place of the Lord in our lives! I am sure we understand that a physical eye is figurative!
If its too much TV watching, stop or reduce how much TV you are watching. Whether you cut it off entirely for a while, or reduce
it all depends on what you are lead to do.
If old friends are pulling on you, you might have to give them space for a while. There might be a time, when you are matured
enough to handle and and influence them, but while you are in the formative years, you might be better off giving them some arms length for now.
If you are in a wrong relationship, you might need to cut it off to help you live a successful Christian walk. Sometimes these
relationships are put back together in the future when the necessary adjustments and changes have been made, while sometimes those relationships are gone for ever. It might also mean moving house, whatever it takes!
To live fully for the Lord is worth everything and everything!. Don't let any type of offence hinder you. Cut it off and let it go!. Nothing is worth hindering you having a close walk with the Lord or fulfilling your destiny in Him. Jesus paid the ultimate price for us. What is
worth you not giving the Lord your all? Nothing, absolutely nothing!
22/11/2013 05:50:13 pm
Thank you. An excellent post on this topic, very good teaching! And with:"To live fully for the Lord is worth everything and everything!. Don't let any type of offence hinder you. Cut it off and let it go!." you have said it. God bless.
23/11/2013 08:05:24 am
Thanks Shade, to the Lord be all the glory, He has done so much for us!. God bless
22/11/2013 06:26:31 pm
Sobering post. We need to renew our passion for Christ. Nothing that hinders us from fully serving Him should be ignored or rationalized.
23/11/2013 08:07:13 am
Thanks Pastor Frank, you made a great statement:
22/11/2013 06:31:55 pm
What a wonderful post. It is so important that we keep our eyes on the bigger picture. If it is keeping us away from keeping sights on God then we need to turn away. May not be easy but in the end it is worth it.
23/11/2013 08:08:16 am
Yes Bridget, you are right! God bless!
25/11/2013 07:51:33 am
Such a wonderful post Sis Bisi, and a another great view on those verses!! God Bless:)
25/11/2013 09:03:44 am
Thanks Rashida, grateful to the Lord. God bless!
2/12/2013 01:05:01 pm
I like your way of thinking!! We really do need to be serious about and sensitive to those daily offences in our lives. We can't let them slide and think it won't affect our walk with Him. Thank you so much for the reminder to check our walk, consider what we fill our thoughts with and to remember that every little thing about our lives is important to Jesus. He longs for a pure and spotless Bride.
3/12/2013 01:35:01 pm
Thanks Jeannie, well said" We really do need to be serious about and sensitive to those daily offences in our lives. We can't let them slide and think it won't affect our walk with Him". God bless
2/12/2013 07:48:27 pm
Bisi, This was a very pointed post. I really liked all the different applications you gave us to think about too. The bottom line is that we must be diligent to not let anything distract us from what God has called us to do. Praise His name. blessings, Amy
3/12/2013 01:33:55 pm
Thanks Amy, well said "The bottom line is that we must be diligent to not let anything distract us from what God has called us to do" God bless.
This reminds me of Hebrews 12... "let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the [b]author and perfecter of faith"... sometimes we have to choose to lay aside that which entangles us if we hope to get to the end of the race. thanks for this good reminder!
3/12/2013 01:32:53 pm
Thanks Karen great statement "sometimes we have to choose to lay aside that which entangles us if we hope to get to the end of the race. " God bless.
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