No Offense

Matthew 17:27   (KJV)   27 Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.

Even our Lord Jesus wanted not to offend anyone. Even when He had to sacrifice His right, even when they had to exert extra effort, even when they had to spend what they did not have to,  Jesus willingly subjected Himself to all those just so that they don’t Matthew 17.27 - No Offenseoffend the authorities.  He lived a perfect life; He cared for His Name, He needed to conduct Himself perfectly well, but He didn’t do what He did just for all those; He truthfully cared for others.

We as His people do the same.  We exist for the pleasure of our God.  He deserves more than all we are, all we have, and all we can give Him.  The obvious truth is: we really can’t give Him anything.  But He gives us that wonderful privilege of still “giving” and “offering” to Him.  We want to follow His steps.  This is one of those.  Yes, we have rights and privileges.  We can impose on them, but there’s a better way.

It’s best to live in such a way that we don’t become a stumblingblock to others.  But there’s more.  We live in such a way that we don’t offend others.  This isn’t easy, but it’s in itself a privilege.  And it isn’t really hard for God’s children who lives empowered by the Creator Himself to do all we ought to do.  It takes much from us, but we’re willing.  It’s a pleasure to work more, spend more, and sacrifice more.  Why, because it’s our greatest pleasure to live for the pleasure of our Beloved.

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