No Need To Offend
At times it is best to comply with the ways of the land in which we live, even when we disagree with its customary routine. (For some, paying taxes is an example that comes to mind.)
“But so that we may not offend them, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch, open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.” —Matthew 17:27
Recently, I reflected on how in certain situations it is important to not offend another and how such practice seems to hold no value to so many today. Admittedly, there was a time when I would give my opinion just because I could. As I became clearer about my purpose and about achieving my goals, sharing my thoughts on everything—especially with people who would never agree with me—became exhausting. Truth is, I have things to do.
Over time, I discovered that the energy I was using talking about a multitude of issues was more beneficially spent when it was directed at doing something that reflected my faith-based beliefs. It can be in the doing, even when doing something solely not to offend another, where we can receive yet another illustration of how what we have comes from God’s supply. At times, it is in the doing where we will see that our blessing awaits us if we are active participants in the process to obtain it. In addition, it is in the doing to not offend another where we can find hope that God’s bigger plan will manifest for our individual lives and for His greater kingdom business.
Although we cannot control whether our words or actions will offend another in every situation and noting that sometimes the very action of living our beliefs may be offensive to another, there are times when it is best not to knowingly offend another. Be discerning. Be obedient to your spiritual nudge. Be blessed. After all you never know, it may be in your non-offense where someone will see the God you say you serve.