Offense-baiting

Much that people say today is designed to be offensive. Don’t take their bait. When people try to offend you, don’t let them (no matter what they say or do)! Be unofendable!

To expect other people to think and act like you, opens the door to you being offended. You can disagree with someone’s beliefs, words, and/or actions, without taking offense. To fill your heart with offense makes no sense.

Pride is quick to take offense. Humility rises above it.

To avoid taking offense assume people have the best intentions. Be a reverse paranoid. We have the right to not be offended, to love people even when we disagree with them.

It’s easy to not be offended by something someone has written. Just don’t read it.

Some people get offended because someone’s words confirm guilt they already feel. Offence happens because of the way an offended person interprets things.

If we talk about what encourages us, instead of what offends us, we’ll be happier. Many people get offended when they’ve not even been harmed. Try not to do that.

We all have the right to express our opinions, but no one has to listen or agree. However, if you make your point in the least offensive way, you’ll be more likely to be heard.

Sometimes, when we’re offended, it’s driven by our wounded pride, not by truth. Instead of taking offense at hurtful words, we can ignore them, or respond with love.

We have the right to criticize people’s ideas, but not their physical characteristics Physical characteristics tell you nothing about a person’s character. People who feel they’re treated as inferior, aren’t offended by the idea of equality.

Being kind can change someone’s mind. Rudeness just makes them defensive. To respond to people with kindness, you need to give up your “right” to be offended.

“Love one another,”
Isn’t a suggestion.
Are you showing love?
That’s the question.

Hearts are breaking,
Society’s shaking.
We need to love,
Not push & shove.

“Blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.” –Jesus Christ. Love doesn’t refuse to listen to hurting people.

What we’re seeing in America is not sudden anger, but many generations of pain. America needs more than religisized politics. We need people who actively demonstrate the love of the living Jesus.

When hurting people desperately try to cope and heal, it doesn’t an ideology reveal. The answer to pain-based anger isn’t insults & force. It’s compassionate listening.

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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