"Great peace have they who love your law, nothing shall offend them or make them stumble."
United we stand, divided we fall. Civil unrest tells it all.
People who want to live powerful loves must become experts at forgiving those who offend and hurt them. When someone hurts me and is rude or insensitive, I quickly say in my heart, inaudibly, "I will not be offended." I must say those words quietly if the person is still in my presence. But, later as my mind rehashes the situation and memories surface to haunt me, I repeat out loud, "I will not be offended!" Then I quickly pray for God's help because I can nothing without him.
I have a friend who nothing bothers her. She is difficult to offend. When she is around people who hurt her where she could be offended, she says, "I am not going to let negative people control my mood. They have problems, and they are not going to dump their problems on me."
On the other hand, I am a fixer. I spent many years of frustration trying to fix things for people who offend me. If there is a problem, my mind immediately goes outside the box and tries to remedy the situation by creating a resolution. But, that directly haunts me because I go home thinking what did I do to deserve that?
I have recently stopped trying to remedy the world, especially for those who are offensive. Will you join me? If so, you will open a door to more peace and joy than you have ever known before.
People are everywhere, and you never know what they might say or do. It is inevitable. The only control we have is how they affect us personally. Why give the control of your day to other people? Being hurt and offended does not change that person, it only changes us by making us angry and hurt. It forces miserableness and steals our peace and joy, so why not prepare ourselves mentally not to fall in to Satan's trap?
Developing this mind-set will help you maneuver the political diversity happening today. There is no need to "change" the mind of the person challenging you. Simple state, "I will not be offended" and move on.
This Week's Meditation:
Teach me to "not be offended of others."
Help me to meditate each day: "I will not be offended!"
Teach me to be patient and know you will mentor me. Remind me that prayer motivates me.
Meditate on this for several minutes a day. Allow various thoughts to come into your mind. And realize God has you in his arms always.