In my message this week I started a new series about being offended and taking offence; I also mentioned that it is our responsibility not to be offensive.
After the message one person said, “But we should keep speaking the truth even when people get offended”.
That is perfectly true!
Yes, we are to try and ensure that we are not offensive, living peaceably with others (1 Timothy 2 v 1 and 2 and Romans 12 v 18).
However the truth of Jesus will be offensive to many people, believers and non-believers.
Jesus is the stumbling stone and rock of offence for many people (1 Peter 2 v 6 to 8), even in the church.
We are still to speak out the truth about Jesus even when people get offended.
You see they are getting offended at the truth and the Word and not at you.
If you preach the truth in love with assertiveness, with compassion and mercy, it is not your fault when people get offended.
Now, we have to be honest and say that sometimes when people get offended at us it is our fault; I’m sure we would all accept that.
I am saying that this type of offence is unacceptable, however if people get offended when you tell them about Jesus that is their responsibility, not yours.
Keep speaking the truth and keep preaching about Jesus.
Just as it is not acceptable to be deliberately offensive I would suggest it is unacceptable to keep quiet about Jesus in case we offend someone.
The truth needs to be spoken in love and compassion, but people will take offence, that is a fact of life in the Kingdom.
Don’t let other people’s offence stop you from speaking the truth.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the truth about the Lord Jesus Christ, and thank you that this truth changed my life”.
John 6 v 61…..When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?