The reaction of the offended tells more about their character than the that of the offender. In our walk with God the manner we react to others attitude towards us tells more about us.
Offence and forgiveness are topics that can never be exhausted. One such instance is the story of David and Saul. We live in a time when revenge is the order of the day,. This is what they did to be me, I am giving it back to them served cold has become the norm. As a child of the most High God revenge is a dangerous route, don’t go there.
-After all the services that was rendered for Saul by David, Saul for years hunted for David’s life,but when an opportunity arose for David to react,to revenge in 1St Samuel 24:1-7 David did not take it.
-After Saul was killed in battle, David was told, people,he did not rejoice,he cried! Yes, he mourned for Saul 2samuel1:12.
-When David was now in a position of authority, what did he do? He sort out a member of Saul’s family to bless.2Samuel 9:1-17, 28
Ever wondered why God placed the responsibility of forgiveness on the offended instead of the offender? As stated in Mathew,Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
Matthew 18:21-22 KJV
I believe Joseph’s ability to look past his brothers offence was why the seed of saving his generation from starvation and annihilation was preserved.
God has entrusted unto us a generation to save, offence must not rob us of this assignment. When offended, retaliation should not be our aim, maybe we should seek to understand the seed God has put in us that needs preserving.
We have a choice!
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