A Brother Offended

“A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city…” 
(Proverbs 18:19)

Though true, this ought not to be. What does it say of a ‘brother’ who remains offended though his brother try to win him, tries to reconcile, tries to restore the relationship and friendship? He must be a poor brother, a poor friend, a spoiled and pouting child who gets his feelings easily hurt and hardly healed. James said; “In many things we offend all” (James 3:2). We all have offended and been offended, because we are a bunch of selfish sinners by nature. But that new man must, yea will repent, reconcile, forgive and forget. That new man within realizes how often we offend our God and grieve Him; how often we sin against Him and yet He forgives, forgets, and has reconciled us to Himself by THE BLOODY DEATH OF HIS SON. This, and this only will cause us to forgive, forget, reconcile and love our brother as ourselves.

If you have knowingly offended a brother or sister, go to them and ask their forgiveness and try to reconcile. If someone has offended you, tell them; it may be a misunderstanding, it may have been an unintentional offence. It would be unimaginable for a brother or sister to say they are sorry and ask for forgiveness and the other person not accept it and forget it. That person must not have the grace of God in them; for all who truly know forgiveness will show forgiveness.

P. Mahan

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