How often do you get offended? Offense is an emotional response – one that initially we can’t help but feel. Someone said or did something to hurt us or perhaps they forgot to do something or neglected us in some way. It is only natural to feel hurt by that – right?
Offense is never a good thing, however. God’s Word tells us to unconditionally love, always forgive, and do everything within our power to be at peace with everyone. Offense severs relationships. And if the world is supposed to know we are followers of Jesus by our love for one another, we can’t afford to be offended by each other all the time. Offense leads to bitterness, bitterness leads to unforgiveness, and unforgiveness leads to a severed relationship (and possibly even hatred.) If we were wise, we would stop this progression before it even had a chance to begin.
10 Bible Verses for When You Get Offended
- A man’s discretion makes him slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression. – Proverbs 19:11
- “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.” – Matthew 5:38-42
- “Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.”– Luke 17:3-4
- Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. – Ephesians 4:2-3
- Better is open rebuke than love that is concealed. Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.– Proverbs 27:5-6
- This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. – James 1:19-20
- A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. – 2 Timothy 2:24 (NLT)
- Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. – 2 Corinthians 13:11
- Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. – Romans 12:17-21
- “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”– John 13:34-35
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*Unless otherwise indicated, scripture quotations taken from the NASB.