Today’s WORD SURGE is: offense.
defined in Strong’s Dictionary #4625 as, A stick with bait used to trap animals; a snare.
Offenses set snares to trap a person into the bondage of harboring anger and holding grudges.
How do you handle anger breeding from offenses and offenders?
Notice how Jesus removed the trap set for His offense in Matthew 16:21-24:
From that time Jesus began to show to his disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer things…killed, and raised the third day. Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, ‘Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!’ But He turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men’ (Matthew 16:21-24).
Jesus removed the trap set for His offense by speaking directly to His offender. The Enemy was attempting to use Peter to set a snare and hold Jesus in the trap of harboring anger and grudges. But, we know that was impossible.
Remove any snares set to bait your anger from offenses in the following ways:
- Recognize anger’s existence and determine reasons for your anger.
- Refuse to hold onto offenses or offenders by speaking the truth in love.
- Remember who your Enemy is, it isn’t your offender.
- Release offender and offenses.
- Rid your life of anger by bedtime and not giving the devil any opportunities to torment and destroy your soul.
- Restore your soul by receiving Papa-God’s love.
- Rest and enjoy sweet sleep.
Forgiveness is only one-half of dissuading anger. Healing the soul is the second half. So, “Heal me, Lord.” Often, we need a little extra boost or extra insight into how to renew our minds and heal our emotions. For further insight, I recommend Happiness is a Choice by Minirth and Meier and The Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer.
Have you noticed any traps set to snare you into harboring offense and anger? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Follow the ways to remove any snares set by the Enemy and watch God work in your life.