You might not have noticed but not every discussion on Facebook is a respectful, courteous one. Perhaps it’s testament to how much time I’m on there but most days, I find myself spectating in some petty cyber battle of words. Whether it’s politics, religion, or simply differing views on whether that cat video was actually funny or a breach of their feline rights, it seems that people just get so offended so quickly.
It’s not just online though. When someone cuts in front of us in line, it seems to make us unreasonably cross. If someone forgets to send us a birthday text, we get mad. The other day, I found out that someone had been through something awful and I was slightly offended that they hadn’t reached out to me for help!! How silly is that?!
There’s a verse that I mutter, whenever I feel the rising water of indignation. Proverbs 19:11 says “A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offence.” It’s to my glory to overlook an offence. When we refuse to react to circumstances, we make room for God’s glory to fill our lives.
That’s because it’s pride that makes us easily offended. We have a high view of ourselves and our own importance. We react when we feel like people don’t respond to that in the way we think they should. Like ancient kings, requiring their servants to bow, we honestly think that the world revolves around us. This belief poisons the fruit of the Spirit growing in our lives. Patience, joy and kindness flow where humility is sown.
We always have a choice to be offended. There’s always a moment of decision when it first arrives and there’s always a choice to let it go. Next time you have that choice, ask yourself: Whose glory do I want?