"Offense can't be given, it has to be taken."
Heard that quote recently. It took me a few minutes to digest it. Actually I am still digesting it!
How about you? When is the last time you have 'taken offense' at something or someone.
Did you stop to think you were choosing to be offended?
I know that when I have been offended it usually happens when I am exhausted, stressed or frustrated at several different things. There will always be people who do not like you! There will always be people who are not on your team and there will always be people who are just downright mean! The best response is to realize that it is NOT personal; even though it feels very personal at the time. They are unhappy and you are right there.! Your best defense is your testimony! This is when it is important to realize the truth outlives a lie.
Another quote I like is "He who angers you controls you."
Who wants someone who hates you and thinks ill of you to have that much power over you?
I love it when God shows us so many deep things. It is hard and usually comes through trials and hard things in our life but isn't it awesome to know we have a Father that loves us that much? He wants us to be in that place where we look to Him daily for what we need. Realistically for most of us, that happens when we go through trials and tough times.
So let go of the offense and allow God to help you rise above it.