Don’t Take the Bait – The Bait of Being Easily Offended

(Message 1) Are you easily offended? Does your temper flare quickly or do you assume the worst in people? Then you’re easy prey and Satan has you exactly where he wants you. In today’s message we’ll learn how to avoid taking the bait of being easily offended. #GCDontTakeTheBait

Foothold: “Place” or “Occupying a space”

 

Escaping the bait of being offended:

  • We have to learn to confront sin
  • We have to learn to be rebuked
  • We have to learn to overlook an offense

 

Overlooking the offense:

  1. Name something you are offended by right now
  2. Make a decision to overlook the offense
  3. Join a school of fish

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Key Scripture:

Ephesians 4:21-27 (NLT)

21 Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, 22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God-truly righteous and holy. 25 So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. 26 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil. 

Matthew 18:15 (NLT)

15 “If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back. 8 “e no relief. 

Proverbs 12:1 (NLT)

1 To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction.

Proverbs 12:15 (NLT)

15 Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.

Proverbs 19:11 (NLT)

11 Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs.

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

  • Do you enjoy fishing?  What’s the most fun you’ve ever had fishing?  What’s the biggest fish you’ve ever caught?  (No exaggerating please).

Start thinking. Ask a question to get your group thinking.

  • Read Ephesians 4:21-27.  Troy compared fishing to Satan’s schemes to gain a foothold in our lives.  How are they similar?
  • How does being offended and withholding forgiveness become a stronghold?
  • Read Matthew 18:15.  According to Jesus, how should we respond when someone sins against us or simply offends us with their words or actions?

Start sharing. Choose a question to create openness.

  • Do you know someone who holds on to a past offense that is impacting their relationships in the present? What is it like to be around them? Have you been that person?
  • Troy said we should talk to each other instead of about each other.  Have you been in a family, work environment or church where the opposite occurs?  What is the result?
  • Read Proverbs 12:1 and 12:15.  How do the wise respond to a rebuke?  How do you normally respond when someone corrects you?  How do we receive it with humility?
  • Read Proverbs 19:11.  This passage teaches to overlook an offense and Matthew 18 teaches us to confront it.  How do you know which is the appropriate response?
  • Describe a time you chose to overlook an offense. How did that impact the relationship?

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

  • This week, identify one area of your life where you’re holding onto offense or bitterness and ask God to help you let it go.

Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.

  • Dear heavenly father, thank you for your forgiveness. Please help us to forgive others.  Please give us the discernment to know when to confront sin and when to overlook offense.  And please help us to receive rebuke with grace and conviction, in Jesus’ holy name.   -Amen

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Speaker

Troy Knight

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