A couple snippets from Sunday’s message at The Way that struck me in a really bold way:
“Don’t be easily offended-we need people to share hard things with us.” -Bryan Olden
I don’t usually consider myself to be someone who is easily offended, but after some difficult relational wounds the last few years, I have found my scars tender even when others aren’t intending any harm. I need and want people to share hard things with me, so I have had to purpose not to be offended.
“Make allowance for each other’s faults,
and forgive anyone who offends you.
the Lord forgave you,
so you must forgive others.”
This has nothing to do with how I want to be treated! It has EVERYTHING to do with what God has commanded me (and you, if you are a Christ-follower) to do.