Be Careful with Your Words

Proverbs 18:19 “A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarreling is like the bars of a castle.” As you read Jesus’ interactions with the people around Him, you’ll notice He was careful to not offend them. However, when you see Jesus interacting with the Pharisees, He had a different attitude. Jesus […]

Proverbs 18:19 “A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarreling is like the bars of a castle.”

As you read Jesus’ interactions with the people around Him, you’ll notice He was careful to not offend them. However, when you see Jesus interacting with the Pharisees, He had a different attitude. Jesus offended the Pharisees time and time again. He did this because He knew what was in their hearts. Paul, in the same manner, would offend a group of people; then, in other cases, he wouldn’t.
I believe that sometimes we are going to offend some people; however, it should never be our main intention to offend someone on purpose. People are going to feel offended by many things, but we shouldn’t give them a reason, especially knowing that one day we may plan to preach the word of God to them. Can you imagine offending people all the time? How likely will it be for them to want to come to church when we invite them? For some people, if we offend them once, we will never get another chance. When people hear the Gospel, they may be offended, so, let’s try to not offend them in other ways.

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