Back in the 90’s we had real music. I’m talking real music; real hip hop, real pop music, the kind that takes you back to the nostalgia of house parties, side ponytails, the discman & CD’s, pagers, crazy neon anything, the genius of the slap bracelet, Air Jordans and big, big bleached hair…and let’s not forget shoulder pads, whose idea was that? I’m talking MC Hammer, Run DMC, Vanilla Ice, Spice Girls, Beastie Boys, TLC (and if you think I’m referring to a TV channel here I need to school you on some old school music!) There’s also this one song called Poison by a group called Bell Biv & Devoe and if you just started humming the tune of this seriously dope song then you’re really a 90’s child and I salute you. For the rest of you, two words, google it. The lyrics at the top of the song say; Girl I must warn you, I sense something strange in my mind. Yeah yo situation is serious, let's cure it 'cause we're running out of time. This reminds me of something that is poisonous in our lives, that thing is offense. Simply put, offense is poison. Being offended is a dangerous situation for the believer’s heart. The situation is serious, very serious. Something strange is indeed taking over our minds, our thoughts and our actions. We put expectations on people that only God can fulfill. We try to find man sized answers for God sized problems and we run into the stumbling block of offense every time. Offense is the kind of poison that infiltrates the lens through which we view life, others and God!
It paralyzes our ability to forgive, robs us of the fruit of peace and joy in the Holy Spirit and stunts our spiritual growth. It is poison to our soul and the enemy of our soul knows this full well. The enemy would not bring a massive, heaping bowl of poison for us to indulge in. We would easily recognize that attack, reject it, put on our spiritual armor, gird our loins and fight. No, what he does is to bring little morsels of tasty snacks, laced with poison, and entice us to consume of those. We would never run to the grocery store, buy a gallon of rat poison and drink it but that is exactly what we are doing to our hearts when we allow ourselves to be deceived into thinking that we have the right to be offended.
“ When we surrender our lives to God, we surrender our right to be offended. Offense is a choice, you can either be offended or anointed, you choose.”
I would love to know your thoughts on this. Why are we so eager to hold onto the poison of offense even though it’s killing us from the inside out? What are some ways you have overcome offense in your own life? Let’s encourage and support each other as we rid ourselves of the poison of offense.