The Danger of Taking Offense at God

The incarcerated John the Baptist once sent his disciples to Jesus to ask Him this question, “Are you He who is to come or should we look for another?” Jesus used this opportunity to warn them about taking offense at Him for any reason, “Blessed are those who do not take offense at me.”(Mt 11:3,6) It is important not to take offense at God or to nurture offense against others because taking offense kills our joy by closing our hearts to love. We cannot receive and give love when we let upset and angry feelings to remain and grow within us for any reason.  The Nazarites had great admiration for Jesus’ words and actions, “What kind of wisdom has been given to Him? What mighty deeds are wrought by His hands?” But this admiration quickly changed to offense for the smallest reason – Jesus’ humble roots and their familiarity with Him, “Is He not the carpenter, the son of Mary, and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us? And they took offense at Him.”

The Danger of Taking Offense at God

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