The Spirit of Offense
for out of it flow the springs of life. —Proverbs 4:23
The spirit of offense poisons lives and attitudes.
According to Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament
Words, the word offense is derived from a Greek word skandalon, which
"originally was ‘the name of the part of a trap to which the bait is
attached, hence, the trap or snare itself….’" It was the part of the
trap that lured or snared an animal.
We easily see that offense is what Satan uses to lure
people into full-blown cases of bitterness, resentment, and unforgiveness.
Satan uses offense to cause us to stumble and fail to go forward with
The temptation to get offended is a trap that should be
avoided like the plague. If we would not take poison, we should not take offense.
If we would be champions for God we must not be easily offended.
Many people never become what God desires them to be
because they get offended. They get bitter. Offense becomes a stumbling block
to them, and they never progress beyond that point. They are the loser and the
devil is the winner.
No person can do permanent damage to you if you are
willing to be mature enough to refuse offense and trust God. This kind of
attitude will make you a winner in life.
"I will guard against
the spirit of offense and will not let it get into my heart or life in any