Thursday, 22 November 2018
Love is not irritable or touchy – 1 Corinthians 13:5 TLB.
Love doesn’t demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong. Touchy means easily upset or offended; oversensitive. Love is not like that. Offence is a sense of being wronged. Love keeps no record of being wronged; it forgives and forgets. Yes love forgets a wrong done. How? Because love is not selfish, nor self-seeking; it doesn’t seek its own, love is not vengeful. Love doesn’t demand to be right, it lets others be; it rejoices with the freedom of others. Offence is everything that love is not. Love is the only antidote for the spirit of offence. Love does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong, ironically that’s exactly what offence or the offended does. Cain killed Abel his brother because he was offended that his offering was not accepted. So he was offended at God and his brother. People get offended at God. Offence is murderous. Cain was wrong of course, and God told him so. But because he was possessed by the spirit of offence he couldn’t listen or see how wrong he was. The fact that you’re offended doesn’t mean you’re right, in fact it means that you’re afraid to discover how wrong you are – because you’re busy gloating in your vain sense of being right – when innately you know you are wrong but are refusing to accept the reality. Whether you’re right or wrong offence is wrong. It drove Cain to commit a heinous crime of murder. Offence will lead you to say and do foolish things if you can’t control it, but let it control you. Judas was offended by how finances were run in the ministry of Jesus Christ, and lo and behold, offence took him too far to a point of no return. Offence is a tool of satan in the heart of man. That’s why we should watch over our heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. Offence will run you over the edge, if left untended. It causes a person to do the bidding of satan unawares. You cannot serve God and satan. You serve satan when you’re easily offended; you serve God when you love, forgive and forget easily. Love is the only antidote against the venom of offence.