August 2, 2000
“See to it that . . . no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile . . . .” (Hebrews 12: 15)
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Precious Disciple of Jesus Christ, the Daystar,
A spirit of offense is running rampant in the Body of Christ. This spirit of offense is deceiving many believers, resulting in broken relationships, split churches, and widespread backsliding.
What is the spirit of offense? It is the evil spirit that instigates believers to indulge in outrage or hurt when they have been treated unjustly, whether the unjust treatment was real or perceived. Offense has its roots in self-centeredness and in the lack of agape love.
The Greek word for “offense” is “skandalon” which means “the part of the trap to which the bait is attached.” Offenrse is the bait Satan uses to trap us into bitterness, hatred, and, ultimately, death.
Examine your life. Have you allowed yourself to give in to hurt feelings, dwelling on them continually? Have you allowed bitterness toward someone over real or perceived unjust treatment to take root in our heart? If so, you are in grave danger.
Repent immediately and let go of bitterness. If you have indeed been wronged, trust God to avenge you and find ways to love the person who has wronged you.
Of all the traps of Satan, offense is one of the most subtle. Be constantly on your guard against this evil spirit. Resist it with all of your spiritual might. As you do, you will walk in the freedom and peace that God desires for you.
Your sister in Christ,
Dr. MaryAnn Diorio
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