Wait! Get offended later . . .

There’s no need to be quickly offended. You can always get offended later. Pride gets easily offended because it refuses to see its own faults. When you’ve been tripped up by truth, maybe it’s best not to jump up and runaway before some of it sinks in.

Hostile words create retaliation. Then on and on conflict grows. Profanity is used to try to hide fear and insecurity in the deficient disguise of disrespecting others. Cuss words proclaim that a conversation is closed to sincere communication, openness, and heart connection.

If an enemy returns your hostility with kindness, perhaps he’s not an enemy. Perhaps hostile people need help instead of retaliation.

Hostility hypes up hurts and overstates offenses, but sincere kindness can squeeze thru the defenses of hardest heart and bring hope to the darkest places. Instead of managing your anger, maybe you need to lay it off, then hire love to replace it.

Christians are called to give others the same kindness and forgiveness that Jesus gives us. Having a hostile attitude towards people, makes it almost impossible to reach out in love to those who don’t know Jesus.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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