Listening to Jeff Cavin's talk called The Hidden Power of Forgiveness as I straigten up and prep the house today.
He is talking about how Jesus said we all will face trouble in the world. Trouble means worry, strife, pressure.
Then he explains how when we are faced with trouble often that is caused by feeling offended. We have all been offended many times.. by things other people did or said, didn't say, didn't do.
Often, Jeff says, we feel offended and hold that in and it can lead to us... using excessive amounts of alcohol, food,... work, hobbies.... etc.
I saw this in real terms of eating. Feeling offended.. then finding refuge in food.
I continue to ponder the relationship between stress and eating. Could definitely relate to the feeling of being 'offended'.. and do see his connection.
Here are some notes I am taking as listening..
Being offended- is a carefully laid trap by the evil one.
To be offended is to be 'scandalized'. Our pride. It is a trap-which means:
1. We don't see it as it is hidden.
2. It immobilzes us.
3. It is stronger than us
When we are offended.. we are trapped.
When we are offended...when something happens to offend us... what do we do?
When I am hurt, or gossips about me or my friend, child, family.. or my spouse or someone ticks me off... I get offended- angry. I shut down.
Wall goes up.
Enemy wants that.
Trap can cause obsessive behavior.
Forgiveness means release. Releasing someone from what they owe you. They owe us in our minds because they offended us. We want to pay them back, by building walls, or other behavoir. Make them pay with emotional weapons.
Jesus shows us new way. Absolve them. Release them of what they owe us.
Matthew chapter 18- best story of forgiveness.
Hummm.. what do you all think?
God bless you all this Thanksgiving-- Cindy
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