For Those Who Are Easily Offended

Sep 25, 2015 1594

jesus-on-the-cross-john-3-16We all know someone like this. These are the people who are the easily offended.

These are the people around whom you must walk on eggshells. These are the people who do not trust you enough to give you the benefit of the doubt. These are those to whom you have to be extra-polite… just in case.

These are the people who speak about you to others things that ought to be said to you. These are the people who slight you in a myriad subtle ways, without you knowing why.

These are the easily offended. They could be you. They could be me.

If you are among this group, then I ask you to consider the offense of the cross. For the offense of the cross is not Christ’s offense, it is your offense against Christ. It was an immoral, unjust, depraved offense. You were its perpetrator, Christ the victim, yet he bore it for you.

The rocky hilltop of Calvary is vast enough to encompass the whole world, yet it is not large enough to accommodate the easily offended. The gospel is based on understanding the ones own badness, and God’s own goodness. Either of these principles is sufficient to disqualify us from ever being easily offended again.

The offense of the cross is so vast that is swallows up all other offenses; yes, even those for which we have borne a grudge for years. It is all vanity and pettiness in the shadow of the cross. The only ones who can rightfully claim to have understood the grace of God are those who cannot withhold it from others in their own lives.

To the easily offended I say, look to the offense of the cross, and never be offended again.

– Eliezer Gonzalez

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