Matthew 18:7 says, “Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!” Offenses are a part of life. What should we do with them the moment we are offended?
Matthew 18:15 says, “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. It he hears you, you have gained your brother.” See how any opportunity for gossip fueled by resentment was squeezed out?
Here is a great picture of a heart with buried offenses. Proverbs 18:19 Amplified says, “A brother offended is harder to be won over than a strong city, and (their) contentions separate them like the bars of a castle.”
Speaking of Jesus, Romans 4:25 says, “Who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.” Isaiah 53:5 says, “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.”
Taking up our cross daily is a good example of forgiving the offense in the moment of the offense. Jesus already bore that offense. When we harbor it and ruminate on it we sin against Him.
Ecclesiastes 10:1 is a perfect description of a buried offense. It says, “Dead flies putrefy the perfumer’s ointment, and cause it to give off a foul odor; so does a little folly to one respected for wisdom and honor.”
Matthew 18:35 Amplified says, “So also My heavenly Father will deal with every one of you if you do not freely forgive your brother from your heart his offenses.” What was Jesus referring to? The fruit of unforgiveness is torment.
I was thinking about tormentors this morning. A heart full of uncontrollable fear, worry, negativity, or anger are tormentors that detrimentally affect our health. I learned Psalm 119:165 in the KJV. It says, “Great peace have those which love thy law, and nothing shall offend them.” Other translations use the word stumble.
Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” A heart that remains in trust does not give in to the devil’s temptation to harbor resentment.