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OFFENCES AND FORGIVENESS
Henry and Danny are best friends.
They share the same interests so when they visit, they talk for hours about the things they both like.
One day Danny bought an old car.
It wasn't in very good condition, but his dream was to restore it to its former glory.
Henry was just as excited and immediately offered to help Danny with the project.
The two men would get together and work on the car.
Henry was so inspired he even took some of the parts that needed fixing and worked on it in his own time.
One day the two were supposed to meet at a certain time to work on the car.
Due to circumstances Henry wasn't able to make it at exactly the agreed time, so he called Danny to let him know he would be late.
That didn't sit well with Danny.
He wanted to start working right away and he felt Henry was letting him down.
So he told him exactly how he felt.
Now it was Henry's turn to get upset, which led to the two men having a huge fight.
There was screaming and some cursing and name calling.
By the end of the conversation both men felt deeply hurt and more than a little offended.
For days that was all Danny could talk about.
He played the conversation over and over in his mind, and every time he did it, he became even more offended.
It got so bad he even contemplated ending his friendship with Henry completely.
But God stepped in.
Through the Holy Spirit He worked in Danny's heart. He softened it and showed him how dangerous taking offence was.
God also helped Danny realise how important forgiveness is and how precious the friendship between him and Henry was.
Danny went to see Henry.
They talked about the fight, each sharing how he felt.
This time the conversation ended with the two men forgiving one another, allowing the Lord to restore their friendship.
It is so easy to take offence.
Even the smallest thing can cause us to get upset and become offended.
It can ruin relationships, business deals, marriages.
God doesn't want us to take offence.
He wants us to walk in love, to forgive one another, just as He forgave us in Christ.
You see, Danny's wife prayed for him. She asked the Lord to help Danny forgive. And God answered her prayer.
Do you have something against someone else?
Maybe you became offended at some point and years later you still hold on to that offence.
Or maybe you've been hurt by someone and you just can't forgive him.
Bring it to the Lord.
Ask Him to help you let go of the offence and to forgive.
You can't do it in your own strength anyway.
1 John 5:14-15 tells us: "This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him."
We know it is the Lord's will for us to forgive. Now we also know when we ask Him to help us forgive, He hears our prayer and He will answer and help us.