Today I want to give you a place to start your week. It’s Monday and in the wake of a great weekend and long workweek ahead, sometimes you just need a “kickstart” to get focused. So grab some coffee let’s start a great week together.
We continued our current series at Kfirst. “Pivot Point” has been our study of the life of Jacob. Even though he didn’t have the “model life”, God always had something beautiful in store for him. Our goal yesterday was to help people understand: “We can’t live in the Land of Promise without leaving our place of offense.” (Click here for yesterday’s notes.)
So many of us want the promises of God but don’t want to be obedient to what the promises require us to do. And one of those areas of obedience is releasing offenses. Jacob left the land of promise because of the issues between him and Esau. And he knew when God called him to go home in Genesis 31:13, he would have to face his brother and a 50-year-old offense.
In the narrative of Genesis 32, Jacob gives us three examples of what happens when we don’t deal with offense correctly:
Dwelt on offenses lead to misguided reactions. (v. 3-4)
- Instead of responding with a personal interaction, Jacob pushes his servants to take care of things for him.
Picked up offenses will exaggerated issues. (v. 6)
- Jacob finds out Esau is on his way. He panics and begins to divide his family to, in his mind, preserve some of them from his brothers wrath he assumes is still there.
Unattended offenses create self-serving responses. (v. 9, 16)
- He puts it on God to deal with.
- He sends his servants again with a load of gifts to buy Esau’s favor.
In view of Jacob’s decisions, our heart is to dismantle what the enemy wants to use to divide the body of Christ. We want to step into a biblical prescription for offense.
- Be intentional about offense. Matthew 18:15-20
- Engage with God.
- Re-engage the person who offended you.
- Be intentional about humility. 1 Peter 5:5
- Humility opens up the door for opportunity for others to listen and for us to grow.
- Be intentional about information. Ephesians 4:15
- We should never express ourselves at the expense of the character of Jesus.
- Be intentional about forgiveness. Proverbs 19:11
- I can’t choose the offense I’m offered, but I can choose what I hold on to.
Ask the Holy Spirit to check your heart. Ask him to show you if any offense is being held in your hands. Rest in the grace that Christ offers and be a distributor of that grace.
This week, if you need a scripture reading plan, check out this one.
Love you all. See you on Sunday!
BTW, here’s a song this week for your devotions playlist that we learned on Sunday: