Don’t let these people set the agenda for your life and ministry.
“Do you realize you offended the Pharisees by what you just said?” This was the question the disciples asked of Jesus (Matthew 5:12). I wonder how often they could have asked this question.
Jesus’ answer is very direct and challenging – especially to those who are overly concerned about offending others.
He didn’t say, “Please tell them I am sorry. They must have misunderstood me. I didn’t mean to hurt their feelings.” Instead, he replied, ‘Every plant not planted by my heavenly Father will be uprooted, so ignore them. They are blind guides leading the blind, and if one blind person guides another, they will both fall into a ditch’” (Matthew 15:13-14, NLT).
Jesus was unmoved by the concern that he offended the pharisees. Are we sometimes overly concerned about offending others?
Are there times when we should expect offenses and actually understand them to be a good indicator?
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