“And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.”
A wounded animal is a dangerous animal, and it will do all it can do to protect itself. In the eyes of a wounded animal, everyone that approaches it is an enemy even those who may be coming in to help. For this reason it will attack even those who are offering help, it is driven by the pain that it is going through and the same can be said about an individual that allows offence to take root in their life.
When you allow offence to take root in your heart, you become an individual walking around with a wounded heart and then you will start building walls around yourself supposedly to protect yourself only for you to become a prisoner within the very walls you have built. You become judgmental and proud not willing to admit that you indeed are wounded and you need healing and restoration.
This becomes the perfect recipe for hatred to breed in your heart and all you will see is faults in others especially those who you carry an offence against. You take on a holier than thou attitude.
“A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city.”
Are you seeking your own protection and benefit at the expense of someone else?
Has your heart become hardened and a breeding place of hatred because of offense?
How then can you expect to correctly divide the word of truth if you do not have the love of God and forgiveness flowing in your heart?
Holding on to what you may consider your “right” because of what was done to you is only damaging your relationship with God and others and pushing you further into captivity.
Search your heart today, is it wounded? Ask the Lord to help you and heal you but for that to happen you have to be willing to admit your present condition and you have to come to the place of forgiveness regardless of what was done to you or what you perceive to have been said about you. Forgiveness is the only key that opens up the door for healing and restoration to come in.
Psalm 139:23-24 (NKJV)
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; 24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.