Matthew 11:6 Living Unoffended #214
Last week I shared on my desire to live unoffended and I can’t think of a more fitting verse that goes along with that desire as Matthew 11:6 which says,“Blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”
The context of this scripture takes place when John was in prison. John asked in Matthew 11:3, “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?” John doubted what God was doing, so much so that Jesus told the disciples to go to John and recount all the miracles Jesus had done.
Have you ever doubted God like John did? Do you wonder, if God is good how there can be evil in this world? Or maybe you wonder why you could be going through such a hard time in your life? John was probably wondering the same thing. Why would he be in prison if Jesus was who he said he was? But what did Jesus do when John approached him with the question mentioned earlier? Jesus pointed to the evidence. He shared that he had healed the blind, healed the sick, raised the dead, and preached to the poor. He wanted to assure the disciples that he was the Messiah.
And then in verse 6 is when Jesus says“Blessed is the one who is not offended by me.” Some translations say “do not turn away,” “do not fall away,” or “do not stumble.” And I love that the passion translation says “the blessing of heaven comes upon those who never lose their faith in me – no matter what happens!” Jesus knew that his ministry would cause many to take an offensive state, but his very instruction was that the man who does not become offended, turn away, fall away, stumble or lose their faith in Jesus is blessed. Blessed!
Every day you and I have an opportunity to become offended at God and at other people. But when you choose to walk with Jesus and keep your faith in him, you become blessed! If you have become offended with God repent and then recount every good thing he has done for you. Don’t let offense be an option, but turn to Christ as you reflect on scripture as well as all the blessings in your life.
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