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The Art of Being Unoffendable

“A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.”

– Proverbs 19:11

If you’re looking for a superpower to achieve great things in life, here’s one: become unoffendable. As we continue examining the woman of great faith found in Matthew Chapter 15, we can see that she was unoffendable! This woman made a scene that became embarrassing to the disciples of Jesus. In desperation, she was begging loudly for Jesus to heal her daughter. His disciples urged Him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.” This mother cared more about receiving her miracle than her ego. One commentator of this passage stated: “She was too desperate to take offense.” How desperate are you to receive answers from the Lord? How crucial is it for you to achieve that dream or goal laid before you? Do you want it so bad that you don’t care what people say about you? 

This gentile woman could have become incredibly offended when Jesus said He was sent only to the lost people of Israel. If someone says something offensive to you, it’s easy to react in the same offensive manner. So how do you become unoffendable? There are many strategies available, but there is one I learned from a friend. We were talking one day, and a random stranger came up to us and started saying the worst nonsense to him. My friend simply responded, “That’s interesting.” I thought, wow, that was a really great way to respond to offensive remarks! 

Friend, I promise you that if you work on being less offendable, you will have more power in your life. We live in a world that is all about trophies and labeling everything on earth that’s offensive. But we can choose to embrace the same attitude as the great woman of faith, as well as my friend. We can be unoffendable.

Prayer


Father, teach me to be unoffendable. Give me the wisdom to respond properly when I feel offended.

Reflection


Are you easily offended? How do you react when someone offends you?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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