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Bible verses about offence.

As Christians, we are all called to love one another and to bring peace to those around us. It can be challenging, however, to navigate the ups and downs of relationships without getting offended or feeling hurt. Thankfully, the Bible provides us with guidance and direction on how to manage our emotions in difficult situations. In this blog post, we will look at 15 Bible verses about Offence and explore God's perspective on the role of forgiveness and grace in our lives.

Proverbs 19:11 - "Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense." - This verse reminds us not to be quick to anger and to overlook minor offenses in order to maintain peace.

Ephesians 4:2 - "With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love," - This verse encourages us to approach conflicts with humility and gentleness, and to bear with one another in love.

Colossians 3:13 - "bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive." - In this verse, we are called to forgive those who have wronged us, just as the Lord has forgiven us.

Matthew 18:21-22 - "Then Peter came up and said to him, "Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?" Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times." - Jesus teaches us the importance of forgiving others, no matter how many times they hurt us.

Romans 12:18 - "If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all." - This verse encourages us to do our best to live at peace with everyone around us, even if that means putting our own hurt feelings to the side.

Matthew 5:44 - "But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you," - In this verse, Jesus teaches us to love even our enemies and to pray for those who have hurt us.

James 1:19-20 - "Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God." - This verse encourages us to be slow to anger and quick to listen, as this is a way to grow in Christlikeness.

Galatians 6:1 - "Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted." - This verse reminds us to approach those who are in sin with a gentle and humble spirit, and to always be aware of our own vulnerabilities.

Psalm 119:165 - "Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble." - This verse reminds us that those who are committed to obeying God's Word will experience great peace and stability in their lives.

Luke 6:27-28 - "But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you." - Jesus teaches us that even when others hurt us, we should respond with love and kindness rather than retaliation.

Matthew 6:14 - "For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you," - This simple but powerful verse reminds us that if we want to receive forgiveness from God, we must also be willing to forgive those who have wronged us.

Isaiah 54:17 - "no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, declares the Lord." - This verse reminds us that, no matter how others may try to harm us, we can trust in the protection and vindication of the Lord.

Proverbs 18:19 - "A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarrelling is like the bars of a castle." - This verse warns us about the dangers of becoming too easily offended and allowing our emotions to control our behaviour.

James 4:11 - "Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge." - This verse reminds us that speaking negatively about others only leads to further conflict and strife.

1 Peter 5:5 - "Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."" - This final verse reminds us that humility and submission to those in positions of authority can help to maintain peace and harmony in our relationships.

In our journey as Christians, we will inevitably experience hurt and offense at some point in our lives. However, by keeping God's Word close to our hearts and following His principles of love, grace, and forgiveness, we can rise above our emotions and maintain healthy relationships with those around us. Let these 15 Bible verses about Offence be a reminder of God's unending love and His desire for us to live in peace and harmony with one another.

Reflection Questions

How do you respond when people are offended by something you say or do?

What methods have you found successful in diffusing tense situations between people?

How do we, as Christians, balance being sensitive to those who take offence while still standing firm on our beliefs?

Do you think it is possible to be a Christian without offending others?

How have your views on offence changed over time as you’ve grown in your faith?

Thanks for joining us today! Don't forget to leave your favourite verses in the comments about this topic.

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