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they lack the discretion to weigh the depth of the they lack the discretion to weigh the depth of the offense. Here is another great example: Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. – Psalms and nothing shall offend them. – Psalms 119:165 KJV 119:165 KJV In the Hebrew, the meaning is that they shall have In the Hebrew, the meaning is that they shall have no obstacles (“stumbling blocks”) or nothing causes them to stumble or nothing can make them stumble them to stumble or nothing can make them stumble because offenses are sins. Certainly, we could again say that this means that Christians must again say that this means that Christians must never become “offended” about anything, but this is never become “offended” about anything, but this is just not true. Another example would be the scripture in 1 Corinthians 8:13 KJV that says, scripture in 1 Corinthians 8:13 KJV that says, “Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat not flesh while the world standeth, lest I make eat not flesh while the world standeth, lest I make Furthermore, another my brother to offend.” scripture in Luke 7:23 KJV also says, “And blessed is he, whosever shall not be offended in Me.” is he, whosever shall not be offended in Me.” Offend again refers to not having a “stumbling block” or sin. Other Bible translations such as the block” or sin. Other Bible translations such as the NIV prove this point about these scriptures; therefore, it is not about getting defensive. Now a therefore, it is not about getting defensive. Now a great example of rebuking an offender would be when Jesus scolds Peter: But He turned, and said unto Peter, “Get thee behind me, Satan: thou are an offense thee behind me, Satan: thou are an offense unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.” -that be of God, but those that be of men.” -Matthew 16:23 KJV This scripture shows us that if people are not doing This scripture shows us that if people are not doing the things of God, it is an offense and Jesus rebuked Peter because of it. rebuked Peter because of it. Healthy Family, Healthy Church Healthy Family, Healthy Church What happens in a healthy family when a person What happens in a healthy family when a person commits a wrong to another? The parent of the family members gathers them together and tells the offender to apologize and the offended to forgive. In offender to apologize and the offended to forgive. In healthy relationships, people acknowledge one another’s feelings. Feelings are not brushed to the another’s feelings. Feelings are not brushed to the side. However, in today’s Christian environments, people who have been hurt by their Christian people who have been hurt by their Christian brother or sister’s actions tend to swallow it. I personally have had the experience several times, but then the Lord had led me by the Spirit to go to a but then the Lord had led me by the Spirit to go to a Credit: Woman in Jar-99170681, Save a life image-72923941, Magnify-113347972, Eyetear-99677108, Betrayed-127391903, Reactions-95792635 — Shutterstock INSIGHT | Page 53 | SPRING/SUMMER 2014 | DEVOTION WOMAN INSIGHT | Page 53 | SPRING/SUMMER 2014 | DEVOTION WOMAN