“See what they did? Remember what he said?” We have taken the bait of offense. We are inside the trap.
The word used in Scripture for offense actually means “bait,” the bait that is placed inside a trap to lure an animal to its death.
Offenses need to be forgiven quickly, or they will fester and poison the relationship. The poison seeps out and affects our own souls as well. Offenses that are held on to lead to death.
People will hurt us. We will hurt and offend as well. We all will do this with intention and without, with our thoughts bent to wound and with no thought at all. Jesus took all our offenses into his broken body when he died for us, and he took everyone else’s as well. All that he suffered—the beating, the scourging, the mocking, and finally the crucifixion—was more than enough to pay for it all. Our offenses and theirs.
This post was taken from the book, Becoming Myself by Staci Eldredge
BE A MAN.