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Advent Day 14: No Offense

By • December 14 2020

Confession: Sometimes when I get really upset and can’t understand why terrible things are happening to me, I rant at God. I figure that if He knows everything, He already knows my thoughts, so I may as well say them out loud. I’m not saying I think it’s the right thing to do, I’m just letting you into one part of my private world.

As I’ve matured in Christ, I don’t rant at God as often because I’ve learned to see trials in a few different ways: 1) Trials are often a test of my faith and character, 2) Trials present an opportunity for growth, and 3) Trials present an opportunity for God to do a miracle on my behalf.

But an unexpected bump in the road can trip up the best of us.

I used to beat myself over the head when I indulged myself in one of my rants at God, but I’ve learned a few things in recent years. This passage says it best (Psalms 103;11-14, ESV):

11 For n as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his o steadfast love toward p those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he q remove our transgressions from us.
13 As r a father shows compassion to his children,
so the Lord shows compassion p to those who fear him.
14 For he knows our frame; 1
he s remembers that we are dust.

Here’s the bottom line: God is unoffendable. He is free from the sin of reaction, retaliation, revenge, and anything else that resembles a “tit-for-tat” system that binds us to legalism. In fact, He is so free that when we confess our sin, it is literally forgotten, the moment we acknowledge our sin.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 is a great example of the kind of love we should be showing to each other:

Love is patient and f kind; love g does not envy or boast; it h is not arrogant 5 or rude. It i does not insist on its own way; it j is not irritable or resentful; 2 6 it k does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but l rejoices with the truth. 7 m Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, e endures all things.

God’s love is not easily offended, even if we’ve been rude, disrespectful, defiant, or mean to him in some other way. Exodus 34:6 says God is slow to anger, which means He is eager to forgive and reconcile with sinners.

We are finite beings, and so I think it’s easy to see why we sometimes have a hard time seeing that God does not take offense at our sins. Is His heart grieved? Yes, but that does not at all mean that He hasn’t forgiven us.

Whatever you have done, the blood of Jesus paid for it. And even better than that: He invites you to partake of the marrage supper of the lamb of God. Won’t you foin Him?

Happy December 14th!

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