Today’s scripture verse:

Matthew 11:5-6 “The blind receive their sight, the lame walk, those with leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor are told the good news, and blessed is the one who isn’t offended by me.”

The possibility of you or I being offended, are as endless as the list of our relationships, regardless how close they may be. We must think on this, “Only those you care about can hurt you.”  You expect more from them, because, you have given more of yourself to them.  The higher the expectations of rising above the offense, the greater the fall.  Selfishness among the people reigns in our society. Men and women today look out for themselves, and usually end up stepping on or using someone close to them, or their gain, and through their neglect and lack of compassion they end up hurting those around them. This should not surprise us. The Bible is very clear that in the last days men will be “lovers of themselves” (2 Tim. 3:2). We expect this in unbelievers, but Paul was not referring to those outside the church. He was talking about those within it. Many are wounded, hurt and bitter. They are offended! But they do not realize that they have fallen into Satan’s trap. Is it our fault? Jesus made it very clear that it is impossible to live in this world and not have the opportunity to become offended. Yet most believers are shocked, bewildered, and amazed when it happens. We believe we are the only ones who have been wronged. This response leaves us vulnerable to a root of bitterness. Therefore we must be prepared and armed for offenses, because our response determines our future. (Bait of Satan, page 6)