Chuck Swindoll has four suggestions to help us avoid feeling offended and they’re all rooted in the same concept. By shifting our perspective from horizontal (focusing on ourselves) to the vertical (focusing on God) we also avoid bitterness.
God doesn’t expect us to live perfect lives, but He does expect obedience. This means when wrong comes our way we deal with it.
I haven’t been through an earthquake in years, but I have hit rock bottom repeatedly. I’ve felt pain so deep I couldn’t speak, loss so grave I didn’t think I could go on, fear so huge there was no light in sight. Through these end-of-the-rope experiences, I’ve found Christ, who has been my hope.
The Pharisees reacted to Jesus over His claim, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12). Their hostility escalated from opposition to insult to violence, displaying traits of those who reject Jesus—a lack of knowledge, perception, and humility.
Life is all about relating to others in love, forgiveness, and grace. We need each other.
As a child I learned about the Fact-Faith-Feeling train. Fact is at the front—the engine—with faith right behind. Feelings make up the rear as the caboose. Looking at the Christian life in this way clears up some of my confusion about faith.
Men are especially vulnerable to temptation in times of stress. A wife’s emotional support is critical and these times. Husbands need the wisdom, perspective, and spiritual strength of their spouses.