August 19, 2017
I was doing a You Version Bible Study Plan again. First in 2013 and here in 2017, I find myself studying it again, for the Holy Spirit told me to do so in the wee hours of the morning. Here’s the link to the plan: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/75-forgiveness Day 1 verses are: Proverbs 18:19; Micah 7:18-19; Matthew 5:23-24
The first verse given me by the Holy Spirit was Hebrews 12:1 “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,”. The verse was not listed in the plan of verses to memorize, but God. Praise to His Spirit for leading me there first. Therefore, I have concluded that His first message to Shelia is to “lay aside every weight and the sin which doth so easily beset”. “Ya heard me?” Here are 7 synonyms of beset to make us think deeper about the spiritual healing of forgiveness:
- Plagued( snowed under)
- Surrounded( walled)
- Full of (crammed with)
Proverbs 18:19 (KJV) – A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.
This plan started off with a powerful Proverb. It is fact. We are a people controlled by our feelings which in turn cause us to react heartlessly to what we see as a violation to us. We react heartlessly because our heart has been hurt. Admit it.
We don’t forget being hurt my people close to us, our sisters and brothers, our children, our friends from school, work, and church or from wherever the friendship began. We are even offended by people we don’t have a relationship with. What is our first reaction? You guessed it. We put up a guard against the person(s).
Think about relationships in your life. Is not this proverb true to its words? The sad thing about this is that this happens in the Body of Christ.
What did I learn from studying this verse? Let me tell you and I’ll make it short.
Admit and say it out loud “I am offended”. The Holy Spirit guided me this morning to admittance being the first step on my path to forgiveness. Now whether you say it to self or to the person that offended you, that’s something your heart will have to declare. I was offended by my son’s dog barking as I was studying the bible this morning on the back porch. I wanted to slap the dog and bar up his mouth. 😛
Yes, the Lord’s children get offended. We Christians will put bars up plus walls. Some will remove self from the situation/person and/or plot to repay for the offense. No one likes to be hurt over and over again by the same situation -different scenario and/or person, especially those with intent to hurt and those controlled by evil spirits. We do not look to the operation of evil spirits, but to the person we SEE in person as the culprit of the offense. This is our first natural reaction.
Questions to think about. (TYHS)
- Does the bible show God as being offended? If so, how did he react?
- What sin doth so easily beset you?
- So how do we remedy an impasse (standoff, gridlock) when offended?
Share your wisdom. Thanks for stopping in. You are appreciated in Jesus name.
- Additional reading I came across after writing blog: Christianity Today