Thoughts from a painter about: “O-Fence” (offenses)
Offenses will come to all of us. If left unchecked, they can build a fence of hurt accompanied with a cynical entrusting view on life. We become carpenters – adding a picket for each life event and person that has let us down until we are completely walled in spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and relationally.
Here are some trade secrets that have helped me:
POWER WASH IT! Look at the “O-Fence”. Blast it with high pressure! Pour your heart out passionately to God about the injustice. If you created the problem, and we usually do, ask forgiveness… Psalm 62:8. Also, vent with a wise objective friend.
LET IT DRY! Give it some time to gain perspective. This happens in our quiet places with God.
PAINT IT! Cover it in God’s Word. The event never goes away. How we respond to it, is our choice.
Scriptures: Ephesians 4:31-32; 1 John 1:9; Luke 17:3-4; Matthew 6:14-15; Colossians 3:13
If you have constructive ways that you have dealt with offense, please share. I know it will help others.