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A Devotion for Teachers for the week of March 18, 2018
CHOOSE NOT TO BE OFFENDED
James 1:19-20 …Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
It takes practice to learn to be slow to anger. Anger may come without warning, but what you do with that anger determines whether you win or lose. You can choose to allow the offense to penetrate your heart, or you can discard it and not let it dwell in your thoughts.
“That was not kind!” I said to myself. I could feel the offense rising in my heart. “Why would he say that? What did I do to deserve that kind of response?” I went on about my daily tasks, but my heart was still grappling with my emotions. “I need to be more mature than to allow an offense to build between my coworker and me,” I told myself. “Besides, he was probably having a bad day, and it was really a small thing.” But my heart kept feeling the offense. My emotional struggle with the offense continued for over an hour.
Finally, I made a conscious decision to let it go. “I choose to not be offended. I would not wait for my coworker to apologize to me before I let my anger go. I chose to not let the dagger of offense penetrate my heart and destroy our relationship!” My mind was working through the offense step by step. I realized that this coworker had said thoughtless, but innocent, things in the past. I chose to trust his heart, not his words. The process of working through my anger and choosing to forgive him set the offense out of my heart. The next day all was well as if it had never happened.
Without God’s grace, I would not have had the strength to process through such an offense. But, with God, we can release offense because we have been released by the blood of Christ. We can choose to not be offended. If the wound is too deep to just let it go, Matthew 18 tells us to go to the one who offended us and work it out. We must be willing to choose to work through it and not let a wedge come between us and those on our team. As much as it depends on you, live at peace with all men.
Dear God, Give me the wisdom and the willingness to walk through the process of releasing offense. I need grace to face times of stress and conflict
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