Lately I have been struggling with offenses. The reality of the offenses I have made towards others, and their offenses towards me. It is definitely something that causes me a lot of anxiety and I spend way too much time thinking about them.
For a portion of my quiet time I have been reading Romans. It has truly been wrecking my heart. Not only have I been confronted with my tendency to build cases against people but also that I expect for God to somehow be on my side.
In Romans it talks about how Jesus intercedes for us on our behalf. As I was pleading my case in the offenses made against me I had come to the realization that I desired for The Lord to bring justice to the situation. My heart has always assumed God would rescue me in my time of trouble and that He would bring justice and avenge me.
But in the events surrounding my husband’s illness, and many prayers of mine going unanswered, I’ve come to the conclusion that Jesus desires to EMPOWER me.
In the offenses and being in situations that are just plain hard, I’ve realized that even though Jesus may not rescue me or even call for justice on my offender, He still acknowledges my pain and calls for blessings over my life.
I believe this is how The Lord brings justice to a situation. In our trials The Lord brings an extra portion of blessings to the offended. In this the offender receives mercy and the person on the other side of the offense receives blessings and favor.
In all reality it’s hard to build a case against someone else who believes in Jesus as their savior, because the one who intercedes on our behalf has taken ALL of our sin as His own. In essence when we are building a case against another believer, then we are building a case against someone whom Jesus loves very much!
The grace we receive is the grace we are willing to give. I have found that I can only give to others what The Lord has given to me. Too often we miss the key to love and forgiveness, which is to fully accept and embrace the love Christ has for us. Forgiveness always begins in our heart and where our relationship with Jesus stands. Unconditional love, grace, and mercy comes from God alone. We just need to receive it in order to bless others with it!
Through faith we have received the free gift of forgiveness and we have been made righteous. This also applies to other believers who have offended us. We just need to find the security and confidence in our own faith, we need to know that we are made righteous through our faith in Jesus. I’m not sure this offense thing will ever get easier, but I do know the Lord can release the tension surrounding the offense, and even bring us to a place of forgiveness whenever we have been offended…and the same goes when we have offended someone else. It’s hard to build cases, because we know that it’s only by His grace that we have been saved!