“Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us”. But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.”
The Syrophoenician woman had every reason to be offended at Jesus. When I read this passage, with honesty I told the Lord, ‘Lord if this was me, I would have been offended’.
Then I heard the Lord say, ‘If she had taken offense and walked away, she would have walked away from her daughter’s healing. But because she persisted with humility, she received her healing.”
Wow, that made me think, how often has offense kept us from our healing, how often has it kept us from our breakthrough.
I pray as you read this post, you will identify the areas of offense that are keeping you from your breakthrough. And I pray that you will become un-offendable and persist with humility just like this woman.
Offense a hindrance
Offense is a hindrance to our freedom, even when it argues that we have the right to be offended.
It stops you in your tracks, it delays your God given mission and destiny.
Offense, I believe, breeds from wrong expectations, especially from someone close to you. You expected them to be a certain way, and it turned out the opposite.
False expectation from man always leads to disappointment.
It is time to stop expecting from man, and start trusting God.
Offenses will come but may we refuse to hold hands with it. May we be the un-offendable ones in our generation!