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“Brethren, if any person is overtaken in misconduct or sin of any sort, you who are spiritual [who are responsive to and controlled by the Spirit] should set him right and restore and reinstate him, without any sense of superiority and with all gentleness, keeping an attentive eye on yourself, lest you should be tempted also.” (Gal. 6:1, AMP)

My mouth, if I’m not careful, can get me in a lot of trouble (Prov. 21:23). On a daily basis, I have to remind myself to use wisdom when I speak, to be mindful of what I’m going to say and how I’m going to say it. Without using wisdom and without thinking before I speak, my mouth can offend others. On many occasions, I’ve had to humbly go to another person and ask for forgiveness because of what I said and how I said it. James says, “No one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison.” (Jam. 3:8, NLT). I’m grateful for the Holy Spirit who continuously corrects me when I don’t control my tongue.

It hurts more and cuts deeper when we are hurt intentionally or unintentionally by one of our own: a Christian. I believe it hurts more because the one that was offended thinks Christians should know better; therefore, they should do better. However, the person that’s offended by a Christian must remember that we are not perfect. Though we are Christians, we are imperfect people saved by grace. But on the other hand, as Christians, we must do better. Just because we’re flawed, we don’t get a pass on the way we treat other people.

There are so many people who have walked away from the church and their faith in God because of the way they were treated by another Believer. Being a Christian requires one to have tough skin, as well as being sensitivity to another person’s feelings. How we treat our brothers and sisters can create lasting relationships or cause divisions within the Christian faith.

“He said to his disciples, "Hard trials and temptations are bound to come, but too bad for whoever brings them on! Better to wear a millstone necklace and take a swim in the deep blue sea than give even one of these dear little ones a hard time! "Be alert. If you see your friend going wrong, correct him. If he responds, forgive him. Even if it's personal against you and repeated seven times through the day, and seven times he says, 'I'm sorry, I won't do it again,' forgive him." (Luke 17:1-4, MSG).

As a Christian, what should we do when someone has offended us? According to Galatians 6: 1, we should:

-Forgive that person, without animosity.

- In the Spirit of humility, go to that person.

-With gentleness, restore the relationship.

-Be mindful because it could be you in their shoes.

As a Christian, what should we do when we have offended someone, unintentionally or intentionally? According to Galatians 6: 1, we should:

-In the Spirit of humility, go to that person.

-With gentleness, ask for forgiveness.

-Without animosity and with patience, work to restore the relationship.

-Be mindful because it could be you in their shoes.

All of us have been offended by someone; likewise, we have been the one who has offended another. However, as children of God, we must pay special attention to our actions, behaviors, and our words. The life we live must be a reflection of Jesus Christ.

My sister, have you offended someone? Isn’t it time to make amends?

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