I was reading a book when I came across a powerful quote by Pastor Joel Osteen who said:
“Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you're doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you.”
Have you ever had someone say something to you that cut you to the quick? Something that wounded you deeply even though you knew they were wrong in their assessment?
I had such an experience and it wasn’t fun. . .it fact, it hurt very deeply.
This person is someone for whom I’d done many things for over the years . . . made decisions and suggestions that literally made them millions of dollars.
These friends had listened to a third voice. . .one that sought to advance himself at my expense. These friends assumed the third voice was correct. . . because he was part of their family.
Though he was wrong. . . their perception of the events he described or alluded to. . .became their reality even without hearing the other side.
I’ll be honest … the things they said brought me to the point of offense. But then, I realized what the enemy was trying to do. He wanted me offended and hurt. . .thus opening myself to further and greater attacks by him.
Thanks be to God that I realized this first. You see, offense is a foul trick of the devil.