The Bait of Offense

I was speaking to some wonderful women lately and the subject of offense came up and since I’ve been dealing with that recently in my own life it was of interest to me. I realized through these conversations that satan provides us all many opportunities to be offended. I know that this may be old news to alot of us but sometimes it’s good to refresh our memories. It was for me and since it is something that we all deal with I thought I might just share with you what I’ve relearned about it in the last few days.

I asked the Lord in 2005 to teach me to love like He loves and He told me it would cost me everything. That scared me but I don’t believe I have a choice if I’m going to grow in the character of Christ. So I have been on this serious love walk for 6 years now. I’ve been reading an author recently from the 1900s writing about the law of love. He said something that I just couldn’t relate to because I am not there yet. He said basically paraphrasing old English that there is a place in the love of God where offense doesn’t touch us. I thought How do we get there? Is that even possible? Then I thought “Jesus were you ever offended?” I mean if He came to earth and suffered all things so that He could help us in all our trials then He must have been offended right? A little time in the word and I found that Jesus had many, many opportunities to be offended but He never was. He spoke of not taking offense or offending others but only once did He use that word in reference to Himself. In Matt 16 when Peter confronted Him about going to Jerusalem to suffer and die on the cross and in Matt 16:23 Jesus said “Get thee behind me satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

Jesus recognized who the offense really came from and God reminds me in Eph 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers and rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. It was not Peter He was dealing with, it was satan.

I looked that word offense up in the Greek and it is skandalon: a trap stick, occasion to fall, stumbling block. A trap stick was a movable stick with bait on the end used to catch animals. With that definition (which I’ve heard before by the way but forget in the moment of offense) a light bulb came on. Offense is what satan uses to trap us into sin and I more often than not if I am walking in the flesh or listening to satan’s lies take the bait, but Jesus never took the bait. So there was the answer of how to not be offended. Just don’t take the bait. So much easier said than done but hopefully now armed with this definition, the next time I’m set up by satan to be ensnared by offense I will remember and not take the bait.

I am sure that I have been used way more than I know as bait by him. Let’s not allow satan to use us as the bait or take the bait when he uses others. Lest satan should get an advantage over us; for we are no longer ignorant of his devices. 2 Cor 1:11

Thank you Lord for teaching me. I so need it every single day. ;)

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8 Comments

  1. Nancy says:

    Thanks Beth I was offended the other day too I did say to God I am not going to let it bother me and the next day the person did something that so blessed me God is so Good Thank you for all your knowledge you are such a blessing In His Love Nancy

    October 16th, 2011
  2. Beth says:

    Thank you Nancy for your kind words. I too had an opportunity to be offended not long after I wrote this but I remembered and said “I’m not taking the bait.” and the feeling of offense went right away. God is so good. He is always there to help us. I’m so thankful for that. Take care Nancy and you are a blessing in my life as well. ;)

    October 16th, 2011
  3. Lisa Reule says:

    Beth, I keep thinking about our conversation the other day and I kept hearing the words, “Shake the dust off your feet… And that will be a testimony against them.” After reading your new post I felt that it fit in so well with feeling offended, hurt and/or defeated. No matter what satan throws at us your right! We do have a choice. We can react offended or shake the dust/dirt off your feet. satan wants us to have dirt on our feet. When we shake the dirt/dust off we leave it as a testimony to someone that has offended us, satan. I think that it is also pretty cool that one of Jesus’ last acts here in our world was cleaning the feet of the disciples. Okay so I’m probably not making sense. but it did when I thought of it. I love you and miss you and don’t like to see anyone hurt by others. much easier said than done. But if we can see it in context as satan trying to get some dirt on us, I think that it draws the line between satan and us. And the person that offended us is no longer the enemy but a sinner just like me. For me it takes the sting out of the offending action.

    Matthew 10:14
    If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.
    Matthew 10:13-15 (in Context) Matthew 10 (Whole Chapter)
    Mark 6:11
    And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”
    Mark 6:10-12 (in Context) Mark 6 (Whole Chapter)
    Luke 9:5
    If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”
    Luke 9:4-6 (in Context) Luke 9 (Whole Chapter)
    Acts 13:51
    So they shook the dust off their feet as a warning to them and went to Iconium.
    Acts 13:50-52 (in Context) Acts 13 (Whole Chapter)

    October 16th, 2011
  4. Beth says:

    Thanks Lisa. I think just understanding the definition of offense in the Greek helps so much. I don’t want to be the bait for satan or take the bait from him when he uses others. I just want to walk the love walk. I really want to get to the place that that author spoke of, a place in the love of God where offense doesn’t touch us. I’m sure that’s going to take my whole life. lol but at least I’m willing and I think that’s half the battle. Love you girl.

    October 17th, 2011
  5. Brenda says:

    Hi Beth, thanks for this. Sometimes others who say things to us, may not realize that what they say is offensive. So let it go. Don’t take offense. Let go and let God be the buffer. Pray for that person. God is are shield. Thanks goodness. Love, Brenda

    October 17th, 2011
  6. Janet says:

    Your Comment…

    October 17th, 2011
  7. Janet says:

    Dear Beth, God is so good to speak to the need! I had a situation Sunday where the conversation could have gone in the wrong direction!!!! but God had me say that I didn’t want to speak about this situation. The
    enemy was trying to bait me to bring up old things that God has since healed me of. Praise God from whom all blessings flow…..hear the music!?! Janet

    October 17th, 2011
  8. Beth says:

    Thanks Ladies for your comments. I think that should be our new saying. “Don’t take the bait.” It is so freeing. I was talking with a friend about forgiving and she was talking about the bitterness that grows within us until we forgive and I said we would have nothing to forgive and no bitterness to grow inside if we never take the bait. The power is taken away. I love this. Maybe that is what the author was talking about “that place in the love of God where offense doesn’t touch us.” We might be on to something here ladies.

    October 17th, 2011

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