“Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.” – Romans 12:9-13
LIGHT FOR NOW: When offence is a given place, the unthinkable can be done.
We came to deduce in our previous study having observed our key text together with the issue in Jesus’ hometown (Mark 6:1-6) that familiarity breeds offences, and offences breed dishonour. This, therefore, implies that whenever the believer is in offence, he cannot walk in honour. So, a believer who is offended will definitely live and conduct himself in dishonour towards the person he is offended at. Let’s see a perfect example of living in offence and consequently dishonour in the synoptic of Matthew chapter 11, “And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities. Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me” (Matthew 11:1-6). Observe carefully John’s words to Jesus through his disciples; “Are you the one to come or do we look for another?” The statement, as it were, questioned Jesus’ role. In chapter 3 of Matthew (before John was put in prison), he never spoke of Jesus in that light. In fact, in chapter 3 of Matthew, he spoke of Jesus and revealed him as the one who will be baptized with the Holy Ghost, and if you read that chapter in context, you will notice John saying that the one coming after him (Jesus) is mightier than him (John) and that he (John) was not worthy to bear Jesus’ shoes. But this same John in chapter 3 is now questioning Jesus’ role in chapter 11. So, the question is what happened to John? If you read the synoptic account carefully in chapter 1 of John where the Apostle John described John the Baptist, it was not in the bad light, and even in chapter 11 of Matthew, Jesus still spoke of him in good light, that John is the greatest amongst all the prophets in the Old Testament. And John must have spoken concerning Christ even as it is evident in the synoptic account. So, the question that we will answer in our next study is: why will John who in his office revealed Jesus to Israel as the one to come and later questioned if he was the One to come? Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: When offence is given room, the unthinkable can become the thinkable in the thoughts of the offended, so don’t give room to offence.
PRAYER: Father, I declare that I will not give room to offence in my life, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: When offences are allowed, thoughts that ought not to be allowed will be allowed and actions that ought not to be exhibited will be exhibited.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 1; EVENING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 11