It is so easy to get offended by the ugly actions and words of others—but it’s completely unnecessary to allow them to derail us. We stay on track when we remember that everything we do is more about God and less about us. For example, if we have the job God gave us—it’s His work. If we are raising the children God gave us—they are His. If God gives us friends and colleagues—the relationships are gifts from Him. The Bible says: “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians‬ ‭3:17‬)

When we live for God’s glory, we take ourselves out of the equation and consequently, we are less affected by ugliness because it’s between the offender and God. It’s the Boss’s problem—not ours. When we’re about His business, He covers down on our heart. That means we learn to handle ugliness like He does. He is an expert. God has experienced the ugliness of billions of people. The closer we are to Him, the more He grows His love in us; and love is much deeper and stronger than our shallow feelings.

God’s love is action more than feelings—the cross is proof.

Furthermore, when we’re close to God, He gives us His insight to understand the affliction which sin works upon the offender. When we ask, God gives us wisdom about how to help the offender. He both comforts us in our affliction and gives us the ability to point the afflicted heart to Him! The Bible says: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4) Our relationship with God releases us from the chains of offense so we are free to glorify Him in all that we do and say!

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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