I absolutely love talking with fellow believers. I had a few conversations this weekend that have prompted some questions that I have laid before the Lord. When I do tackle writing out what I am currently processing with God, His Word, my husband and my close friends this once again is going to hit a chord within the “church community”. Yet, this is all to bring freedom to His Bride who He loves so dearly. Freedom to walk in who they are in Him.
The area I want to start out with (this subject that I will tackle will take a few blogs) is how we as people naturally take a word and put on extra meanings to it. This is done by teaching the word to mean something it was never intended to mean. The definition becomes tainted or twisted and no longer means what it really means. Take for example the word repentance. This for me became taught as something it didn’t really mean yet the Lord uncovered the true meaning of it for me. I believe this has happened with other words and the new one that a good friend got me started on is the word “offense”.
Today, in this blog, all I am going to do is define the word offense according to Merriam-Webster dictionary:
1 a obsolete : an act of stumbling
b archaic : a cause or occasion of sin : stumbling block
2 : something that outrages the moral or physical senses
3 a : the act of attacking : assault
b : the means or method of attacking or of attempting to score
c : the offensive team or members of a team playing offensive positions
d : scoring ability
4 a : the act of displeasing or affronting
b : the state of being insulted or morally outraged <takes offense at the slightest criticism>
5 a : a breach of a moral or social code : sin, misdeed
b : an infraction of law; especially : misdemeanor
Friday night I went to sleep asking the Lord to help me understand this word, what does He want us to know and when I woke up the next morning, He said to me:
Darlene when you have “stood in the gap” to apologize for someone else’s behavior to “help or get someone” to forgive the offender is like when the Pope was selling indulgences to the people to free their family members from purgatory. He told me that it can not be done. The person that has done the offense must apologize. In my heart, I repented (turned and saw things God’s way). I said Father I have done this so often and in my heart I was grieved and Jesus said, Darlene I’ve got this and reparations were already made when I said, ” It is Finished!” And thus began a whole new way of seeing things that I have to convey in the next few blogs.
I understand if you look at this blog and say where are you going with these two terms: offense and forgiveness. This is just the start of my journey into what this means and what it looks like and how we will be better able to understand who we are in Christ. This subject will take a while to articulate as I have only begun to talk about it out loud. As I become better able to articulate it, I will be blogging about this subject. So come on this journey with me…..😊