Saturday 18 Nov 2017
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John 6:51

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats this bread, he will live for ever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

Do not give in to offence

Matthew 18:7-9 Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes! If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire.  And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire.
 
There are couple of hard truth which our Lord taught to his disciples, let us spend some time to examine them in addition to the wisdom we can gain from them. Our Lord spoke of the offences that is the world, i want you to know 
that the world we live in is that which is filled with a number of things that would easily cause offence and they would confront us everywhere and anywhere we turn to. The world because of its imperfection is given to the way of offence, hey we would meet offence even in the most unlikely places, yes including the place of worship and from people we least expect it from. That we would be. confronted with offence in this world is not a matter of if, rather it is a matter of when and the question is what would our response be? While we have limited this offence to temptation alone, the truth is, the manner of temptation implied is anything that can cause a believer to stumble and their walk of faith impacted badly. It could be anger, the need to fight our own battle or give in to strife and unforgiveness as a result of the offence, simply put, anything that would cause our faith to be negtively impacted. The offence implied is anything that is capable causing you and i to lose our salvation through the loss or shipwreck of our faith, as a result, it is a powerful tool in the hands of the enemy of our soul and his agents that do his biddings. 
 
Many people have lost out on their blessings in life because of offence, many have given up on their faith and left the place where God has ordained for them to wait for him to locate them with his blessings, because of offence. Marriages and relationship that were meant to be a blessing from God, have broken down because of offences, and many have forefeited their peace and prosperity because of their inability to manage the offence that came their way. Congregations and church families have been destroyed as aresult of offences, a number of believers have fallen out of worship and their faith on the slide because of offence. One of the reasons why many easily succumb to offence is because they do not understand the position of God on the one through whom the offence that causes his beloved to lose their faith. The position of God is clear on such, they stand condemned and the wrath of God awaits them, they would not go free.
Matthew 18:6 Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
 
In the light of the offence that is bound to come, what instruction does the scripture give to us? You see this is one of the areas where pragmatism comes to play in our walk of faith, this is one of those truths which we cannot hide from, the one that says we have a role to play in order that offence may not knock us out of the race of salvation. The reason why the weapon of offence can be devastating against the believer is found in the weaknesses of his flesh. Where ego, pride, intolerance, impatience, lack of self control, strife, envy and discontent to mention a few, still reigns in the life of a believer such should not be surprised if the enemy can easily knock him out of his blessings through offence. I see this repeat itself over and over amongst believers, i see this in marriages and relationships, i have seen congregations destroyed , and in each of these instances the blessing and the peace which the salvation of God promises becomes the collateral damage. Our Lord said that if any part of our body is going to make us vulnerable to offence, it should be dealt with. If it is pride or ego, it should be deflated, if it is anger, it should be curbed, if it is a habbit, a bad habbit, then it should be dealt with, whatever it is, it must not be tolerated, because the price to pay is costly. We have an obligation to do this, if we need help, it is available, (Romans 8:13, 26 ) but the onus is on us to take the first step towards making sure that offence does not rob us of the blessings of heaven.