What Should You Do when Offense Knocks at Your Door?


The Bible encourages us to choose the path of forgiveness rather than that of resentment and vengeance.

You know this well, that as long as we’re on this Earth, unfortunately, we run the risk of being hurt by others or hurting them ourselves. Simply because we are humans, and thus liable to make mistakes. 

Regardless, don’t let others’ hurtful words or malicious actions develop into bitter poison in your life. You are worth so much more than this!

The Bible encourages you, not to disregard or overlook the offense, but to choose the path of forgiveness rather than that of resentment and vengeance. Here’s what Proverbs 10:12 says: “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins.” Another version says, “love covers and overwhelms all transgressions [forgiving and overlooking another’s faults],”  and another that “love makes up for all offenses.”

In other words, what you can do, when someone hurts you, is to cover his/her faults. It’s a bit like covering an object with a cloth so that it’s no longer visible. Continuing with this comparison, you can cover the person who hurt you with a “coat” of love that will hide his/her faults from your sight. Then ask the Lord to renew and transform your perspective concerning that person.

Love covers absolutely all sins. I believe that God is helping you, enabling you to accomplish this gesture of love today.

“[Love] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13:7)

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