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Sunday 4/21/24 Recap: Stop Being Offended

Stop Being Offended:

  • The things we criticize most in others are often the things we dislike the most in ourselves

  • Over time, offenses pile up and before you know it, you're divided by offenses

  • One small offense at a time creates a division over time

  • The enemy's strategy is division and his tactic is offense

  • There is only one person who has walked this Earth that has the right to be offended: Jesus

  • We have the opportunity to drop it; let your offenses go

  • Take note of James 1:20: because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.

  • It's hard for your to receive when your hands are full of holding on to offenses

  • Our offense can make us think that we have a right to hang on to the stone - we've dealt with enough anger in our life - it's time to drop it

How effective is your anger?

  • Do you say you have righteous anger when it's actually self-righteous anger?

Is your anger bringing you more joy?

  • Is it blessing others or criticizing others?

Do you want to make a point or do you want to make a difference?

  • We need to be led by the Holy Spirit and have God direct our actions

  • We are trying to win people to the grace and goodness of Jesus

  • Love His people, show them grace, show them compassion

  • It's in your anger that you're often ineffective

  • Lead with love

  • Don't let your opinions overrule your calling to share the love of Jesus

  1. Lower your expectation of others.

    1. Sinners do sinful things; don't be surprised

    2. They're not perfect and neither are you

    3. Jesus was never shocked by immoral behavior

  2. Raise your gratitude for God's grace.

Today's Scripture

  • James 1:19-20

  • Matthew 22:37-39

  • II Timothy 3:2-4

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