Handling Offense

Leadership / Personal Development //

Fact #1: The people you interact with the most will be offended by you at some point.

Fact #2: This doesn’t have to be an everyday occurence.

With as many interactions as you have on a daily basis, it’s inevitable that you will eventually cross the line into offense. I’ve found with my own experience that this is usually not because I’m intentionally trying to hurt someone, but instead is caused by my insensitivity, failure to listen, being prideful, or choosing to be dogmatic about one of my opinions. It boils down to this, when I offend…it’s rarely on purpose. It’s usually because I’m self-centered in some form.

This doesn’t excuse my behavior, but it does help me better understand others. It helps me realize that when I’m on that other side of offense, that I should give others the same benefit of the doubt that I want them to give me. Love that phrase, “the benefit of the doubt.”

“benefit  of the  doubt”

1. A  favorable  judgement  given in the  absence  of full  evidence.

Go ahead and read that definition over again. The absence of full evidence. That’s good people, really good.  Could we choose to be favorable towards others, even when they hurt us?

Matthew 11:6 “Blessed is the one who  is not offended by me.“

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About the Author

Jonathan Cliff is the Director of Family Ministries at Athens Church, a North Point Strategic partner, in Athens, Georgia. Jonathan has served in the local church for over 10 years in just about every Family Ministry capacity, and he currently leads a great team of leaders ministering to preschoolers, children, and students. His wife Starr and him have 3 children and have been actively involved in foster care with many other children over the years.