It Can Be The Little Offenses…
by Stephanie Olson, Co-founder Set Me Free Ministries
As we are preparing for our upcoming Renewed, Restored, Released event in Lincoln, Nebraska, my thoughts and prayers often turn to those people who will be joining us that day. Know that if you are attending our event, I pray for you daily.
And now, as I write this blog, I am sitting in Union Station in Chicago, Illinois, waiting for a train. I think about all of the people who are walking by, hurrying to reach their next destinations. I wonder what that destination is. Not really here on earth, but their eternal destination. Do they know Jesus? What motivates them? What offends them?
Joy wrote the blog last week about a big offense that nearly paralyzed her heart. But what about those little offenses? Those are the offenses that have a tendency to drive us a little crazy. What about the person who cuts in front of you in line? What about the person who bumps into you as he’s racing for his train and then doesn’t apologize? What about the mom who can’t keep her kids quiet? (Oh, wait … that’s me.)
Why is it that those little offenses bother us so much at times? I think if we were to take a long, hard look at the truth, we might see that those little offenses tend to roll off our backs if that is all we are carrying around. But if there is a deeper hurt, a painful offense that we can’t seem to let go of, those little offenses can bring us to a point of rage that may not always make sense.
So, as I look around Union Station, I wonder how many of these people know Jesus. Because it is only Jesus that can truly heal us from that hurt, pain, and unforgiveness that holds so many of us captive.
We hope you join us on Saturday, October 9 at Horizons Community Church in Lincoln, Nebraska, when we talk about both those little offenses and the massive offenses that seem unforgivable. Join us when we find that there is freedom in forgiveness through Jesus Christ!
* A little humorous aside: Directly after I finished writing this blog—yes, even with that line in it about the mom who couldn’t keep her kids quiet—I had an opportunity to become offended myself. My four-year-old son didn’t quite understand it wasn’t necessary to ask his grandma a question at the highest volume possible while riding the train. A near-by woman said in a voice loud enough for us to hear, “Shhh, indoor voice!” Hmmmm… Needless to say, my first reaction was to become offended. Thank goodness 2 Corinthians tells us that, “anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” Praise God! He is not done with me yet!