2 Corinthians 5:7
For we walk by faith, not by sight
1. Overly Sensitive – Being too preoccupied with self.
a. No one asked me.
b. Why wasn’t I considered?
c. No one cares about what I think.
2. Hurt feelings and being easily offended often comes from a person’s own struggles.
a. A character defect, an immaturity within them that they have never grown past and dealt with.
b. Because of insecurity, overly sensitive people become suspicious, critical, and temperamental.
c. Feelings and offense never controlled Joseph, only faith in God controlled him.
15 And when Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him.
16 And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying,
17 So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him.
18 And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we [be] thy servants.
19 And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for [am] I in the place of God?
20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; [but] God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as [it is] this day, to save much people alive.
21 Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.
3. In life sometimes, people will be: Rude, Pushy, Lack Courtesy. But we must not let them control and manipulate us through feelings of offense. Only God controls me.
4. Somebody has got to be Jesus, offense takes two.
Proverbs 26:20-28 amp
20 For lack of wood the fire goes out, And where there is no whisperer [who gossips], contention quiets down.
21 Like charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, So is a contentious man to kindle strife.
22 The words of a whisperer (gossip) are like dainty morsels [to be greedily eaten]; They go down into the innermost chambers of the body [to be remembered and mused upon].
23 Like a [common] clay vessel covered with the silver dross [making it appear silver when it has no real value] Are burning lips [murmuring manipulative words] and a wicked heart.
24 He who hates, disguises it with his lips, But he stores up deceit in his heart.
25 When he speaks graciously and kindly [to conceal his malice], do not trust him, For seven abominations are in his heart.
26 Though his hatred covers itself with guile and deceit, His malevolence will be revealed openly before the assembly.
27 Whoever digs a pit [for another man’s feet] will fall into it, And he who rolls a stone [up a hill to do mischief], it will come back on him.
28 A lying tongue hates those it wounds and crushes, And a flattering mouth works ruin.
a. Always be bigger.
b. Always be more mature.
c. Always stand on God and in his promises.
Deuteronomy 32:35 amp
‘Vengeance is Mine, and retribution, In due time their foot will slip; For the day of their disaster is at hand, And their doom hurries to meet them.’
Romans 12:16-21 amp
12 constantly rejoicing in hope [because of our confidence in Christ], steadfast and patient in distress, devoted to prayer [continually seeking wisdom, guidance, and strength],
13 contributing to the needs of God’s people, pursuing [the practice of] hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you [who cause you harm or hardship]; bless and do not curse [them].
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice [sharing others’ joy], and weep with those who weep [sharing others’ grief].
16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty [conceited, self-important, exclusive], but associate with humble people [those with a realistic self-view]. Do not overestimate yourself.
17 Never repay anyone evil for evil. Take thought for what is right and gracious and proper in the sight of everyone.
18 If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave the way open for God’s wrath [and His judicial righteousness]; for it is written [in Scripture], “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.
20 But if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome and conquered by evil, but overcome evil with good.