How to Overlook an Offense

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I’m Doug Apple...and my heart is on fire! (Luke 24:32) The Bible talks about overlooking offenses. Why would you ever overlook an offense? Because it is wise to overlook an offense. It is prudent. It is honorable. It is virtuous. It is to your glory. It is to your credit. The Message version of Proverbs 19:11 says it is to your grandeur. And when you refuse to overlook offenses you basically waste your life in drama, burning every bridge, cutting every tie and destroying every relationship. But God has a better plan! Proverbs 19:11 says, “...it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.” Proverbs 12:16 says, “Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult.” And I love the use of this word “overlook.” When you overlook something, you do it because it is small, because your eyes are trained on something bigger. You overlook an offense because your eyes are trained on something bigger. And what would that be? Loving people. We are called to love people. God told us to love our neighbor, and even our enemy. So we overlook the smaller thing of the offense because our eyes are on the bigger thing of loving this person. How can I love them? Lord, show me, how can I love this person with Your love flowing through me? First Corinthians 13:5, the love chapter, seems to say something crazy. It says that love keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not keep an account of all the offenses. Why not? Because love is overlooking them, looking to the bigger picture which is: what is best for this person? They were made in the image of God. They have been gifted by God and called by God. Jesus died for them. He died for these very offenses. And Jesus told us to love them. He wants what is best for them, and so should we. That is the big picture. What is best for them? How can we love them? How can we let God love them through us? Galatians 5:22 says that the fruit of the Holy Spirit in our lives is...love... God puts His Spirit inside of His people, and His Spirit is going to bear the good fruit of love through us as long as we don’t block Him up. And what is one key to not blocking up the Holy Spirit? It is this. Overlook the offense. We can overlook offenses because our eyes are fixed on the bigger picture of loving people. And that is how you overlook an offense. May God bless you today. I’m Doug Apple.

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