Blessing Blocker 4: Offense
Matthew 11:22-25 tells us that if we don’t forgive others, then our faith is hindered. And that we must forgive others so that our Father will forgive our sins too.
Are you offended often?
I know I’ve had hundreds of opportunities to be offended, especially in the church world, but I’ve learned over the years that this can be one of the most dangerous grounds to walk on.
Being offended is rooted in pride. You get offended when YOU are passed over for something.
When your boss doesn’t pick you for the promotion.
When your pastor doesn’t ask you to speak, or doesn’t pick you to lead a small group. Even though you’ve been around longer than others and know more than them.
When your manager says he likes your idea of the company, but then doesn’t use it and goes a different direction.
Carrying this offense around is an indication your pride is running the show. Now you’re mad, you don’t want to help anymore, you think, “Why should I? They never use my ideas anyway.”
You then begin to isolate yourself, a root of bitterness begins to grow, you murmur and complain about your pastor, you start to infect others to try to get them to see things from your filter…it’s a downward spiral.
And it will block your blessings.
Forgive everyone quickly, do it now, and move on.