Offense is a Trap

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Galatians 1:1-3

Where the Spirit of Division is present recognize offense has reared its ugly head. As the body of Christ, we must be on guard not to fall into, walk into, or become partakers of offense. Situations and obstacles will come and in the BODY and we will not always agree. Married couples do not always agree. Children born of the same two parents raised in the same household do not always agree. However, a disagreement does not negate the relationship of being married or being a part of the same family.

In the Body of Christ we have become family. Remember we are the Children of God; we are the Sons of God. In the Body we have the same Head, which is Jesus Christ. This means we look to Him for all things. Jesus is the Word, The Word is God, The Word is Truth. Jesus is the TRUTH. John 17:17-18 says We must be sanctified (set apart) in the TRUTH. God’s Word is TRUTH. The TRUTH will make us free. The TRUTH is reality. The Word must be the TRUTH concerning all things in our lives.

Now, when we in the Body disagree, we must look to the Word and do what He instructs us to do. Offense is not overtaken by prayer and/or fasting but repentance. Repentance turns us back to the Word. It causes us to focus on the Kingdom of God. Remember Jesus’ sermon in Matthew, “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.” Offense is designed to isolate individuals from the from God’s Kingdom causing amputations and inefficiencies in the Body.

We need one another and we need to be able to restore one another back to Christ for the Kingdom’s sake. This is what proves us to be Sons of God. Our connection is vital and offense is not an option remembering we are the Body and have been placed as God sees fit for the edification, comfort, and exhortation one to another.

Joi Hayward

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