Proverbs 19:11 – Unoffended

Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.

(Pro 19:11 ESV)

This seems like a rarely lived out proverb these days, doesn’t it? How cautious do we always need to be in order to make sure we don’t offend people? So quickly people throw around the phrase “such-and-such is offensive to me.” Go to the website of your local newspaper and do a word search for “offend” or “offensive” or some other similar word. If your results are anything like mine there are a lot of people who are deeply concerned about offending others and that’s probably because there are a lot of people who are easily and frequently offended!

But the Bible reminds us (in many places, not just here) that anger should not be our first response, but our last. We should develop enough maturity to just let things slide off our back like water off a duck. If somebody asks us “did I offend you” we should rightly be able to say, “of course not, let’s keep talking!”

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