Last night, I did this questionnaire and it was about not being offended by those who wrong you, hurt you, or try to ridicule you for your faith. Why should we be offended by lies when we know the truth? Yes, as humans we have emotions, but the truth trumps emotions, and as believers, we must stand our ground on the Word of God. Does this mean we cannot correct those who are wrong, no! When someone is wrong, we must correct them so they can grow closer in Christ. No matter how one takes it, we have a duty of building up others in Christ and that includes instruction. However, when one tries to offend and refute, instead of taking the bait, we must reply with God’s Word.
“And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.” 2 Timothy 2:24-26
When we are dealing with the unsaved, it is key that we do not give into the quarrels that they might throw at us, which will not be easy at times. Many people are quick to defend, but we must be gentle, able to teach, patient, and correct with humility, for if God begins to convict that person’s heart, that unsaved person will be able to realize their wrong doings and come to Christ! When we quarrel with the unsaved, our mission is blurred, and that caused a barrier for that person to come to Christ. Now, almost every Christian will admit that it can be hard to refrain from refuting at times, but we must stand strong in Christ and obtain self control for the other person’s soul needs to be saved.
“If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.” 1 Peter 4:14
When we are insulted, mocked, reproached, and whatnot for the name of Jesus, we are blessed, so why do we feel inclined to be offended? The unsaved hates the truth, their hearts are hardened to the truth, and they cannot comprehend the truth, so that is why the insults are targeted at us! God is with us in all situations, so when someone mocks you, pray for them and ask God to soften their heart, for they are blaspheming the Lord when they reject His truth, His mercy, and His grace, but on our part, we glorify the Lord for we testify, we believe, and we have faith!
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4
One of the main reasons why people do not want to heart the truth of the gospel, is because they want a sugarcoated gospel. Like 2 Timothy 4 says, there will come a time where people will deny the truth and please their own ears. They will turn from the truth of the gospel and indulge into fables! However, when someone tries to tell them what the Word of God actually says, they become offended, stone-cold, hateful, and do whatever they can to try to offend you. They try to refute that we are the ones that are wrong, but deep down they know what God’s Word says.
“The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”” Exodus 14:14
The Lord will fight for us, but we must remain peaceful, silent, and let the Lord intervene. When someone is refuting the truth, persecuting us, or mocking us, the Lord will fight our battles; therefore, we should not grow offended. We have the Lord, the Bible, and His grace, so why are we letting someone who has rejected Christ to offend us? Let Jesus fight the battle, while we stand quiet and let Him work, for He is the only one who can ultimately save them.
When the offended tries to offend us, we need to stand strong in Christ and not let the lies of the deceived detour us from our mission, which is to spread the gospel to everyone! When we publicly proclaim Jesus, there will be many people ready to start wars with us, but Jesus can easily end those quarrels with just one word. Jesus will not let the unsaved hurt us, and when we are persecuted, we are blessed for we stood up for the name of Jesus! Therefore, why be offended by the offended when you have the truth and they are without the truth? Let Jesus convict them instead of giving into the fight, for that person is in need of saving for they are broken and lost.