It’s a natural desire when we’ve been offended, to make the offender see the error of their ways. To make sure they understand what they have done wrong and how it has affected us.
But, even if we are right, that’s not necessarily the best course to take. As Christians, we are advised to reject what normally happens and adopt another course. The following Proverbs describe this other course challenging us to take it.
A man’s wisdom gives him patience. It is to his glory to overlook an offence. – 19:11
He who covers over an offence, promotes love….. – 17:9.
Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs. – 10:12
There is a whole catalogue of ‘offences’ we could refer to. Careless comments / oversights/ being overlooked / neglect of a friendship / not being noticed / a slight / an unthinking action. When we experience these offences, we can be easily entangled by them. Often many comments made are never intended to offend.
These Proverbs counsel us to not keep hanging on to an offence. To not keep mulling it over and visiting it in our mind. Let it go.
When our Lord Jesus made atonement for our personal offences, He covered them over by His blood sacrifice. We are called to simply act toward others in the same way Jesus acted towards us.
Lord, we thank you again today that you have covered over all our offences against you and others. Give us the grace to forgive and overlook the offences we have experienced from others.
We pray for the residents of the housing “towers” in Melbourne. Please place Christian ministry in that situation.
May those who have been affected by the co-vid restrictions in our own church community, find the support and resources they need.
In Jesus Name, Amen
God forgave my sin in Jesus name . . . .
SONG: Freely, Freely – by Aaron & Esther https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BS1ndKgU36I