Friday, December 15

Keeping The Faith: Being Offended

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   When I was a young kid I used to feel very hurt by offensive words and manners of people. [To tell the truth, I must confess, I still am]. What hurts the most is that I used to always think to myself “doesn’t this person know what their words are communicating and that their tone of voice, attitude and manner of actions are really distressing me.” All the while I was so afraid to say anything, since I was such a timid person. Well, I never got over this initial shock of insensitive people to others. It seemed to me that they had learned to make their voices heard at no matter what costs it was to others. To this day I do not know where I obtained my sensitivity, but I find it a precious thing.

     One thing has changed for me and that is I care less now what others people say in my presence, since I have come to understand that they cannot change my free choice to believe in Jesus Christ. I have come to understand that some persons even go out of their way to make themselves known to hate you because they do not believe in Jesus Christ, My resolution, thru grace, has been to ACCEPT people just as Jesus had to accept others for not believing. They are responsible and free just like everyone else.

     I’m not quite sure whether I am just being old fashioned, relentless in wishing others would change to please me or just ignorant of the fact that people want to do what they want; what matters is that I love Jesus Christ, I know that I can never repay him for what he is for me and that he is always present to me wherever I am.  

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