Both in Sunday School and during the preaching time we have been focusing on offense and forgiveness.  Not because of some occasion that drew our attention there (like somebody getting especially mad at another person) but because we are going through the Gospels and are now at Luke 17:1.  That’s where Jesus warns us that offenses will occur.
As I continue to think and pray about offense I find that there are a few practical things we can do to help avoid being offended.  Yes, offense will occur, but don’t you think that we’re better off with less offense instead of more?  
Here’s something that will pay dividends in your relationships.  Practice accountability to other believers.  It will reduce how often we get offended.  Here’s a list of how to grow in accountability to each other, along with some applicable Bible passages.  As you grow in accountability you will know and care for each other better.  You will also be more trusted and have more ‘credit’ in your relational accounts when you blow it.  That means people that you love will love you and not get offended so quickly; they will forgive quicker.  You can do the same for them.

1.    Be a doer of the word.  Yes, easier said than done, but if we pursue this together, helping each other we will get better and better in this aspect of our Christian lives.

James 1:25 But he who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer that forgets but a doer that acts, he shall be blessed in his doing. 

James 5:16  Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. 

Romans 14:12 So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. 
2.    So, we’d might as well get used to being accountable.  It’s part of God’s plan for us.

3.    It’s ok to be accountable to another person.  There are various cultural attitudes towards accountability, most of them selfish and wrong.  There are also some theological teachings regarding this, which have done a lot of damage.  Choose your accountability partners wisely and understand that it may take a while to really get the perfect accountability partner/s in place.  However, you will be blessed as you work towards the goal.

Hebrews 13:17 Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. 

4.    Within our own minds we, each, are prone to rationalizing ourselves into sin.  That is a fact, so consider this bullet item encouragement to trust others with what was previously private.  Done patiently and wisely it will produce wonderful life-giving fruit.

Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool seems right to him,
but a wise man listens to advice. 

5.    So, pursue accountability.  It’s wise, balancing and benefits the body of Christ.

Ephesians 4:25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 

1 John 1:8-9 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 

Ephesians 4:1-6 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing (carrying one another) with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit- just as you were called to one hope when you were called- 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 


You are cherished and loved in Christ!  That’s in God’s hands and nothing can steal it away.  Rejoice!

Accountability to other believers

Be a doer of the word.
James 1:25 But he who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer that forgets but a doer that acts, he shall be blessed in his doing. 

James 5:16  Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. 

Rom 14:12 So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. 
So, we'd might as well get used to being accountable.

It's ok to be accountable to another person.
Heb 13:17 Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. 

Within our own minds we, each, are prone to rationalizing ourselves into sin.
Prov 12:15 The way of a fool seems right to him,
but a wise man listens to advice. 

So, pursue accountability.  It's wise, balancing and benefits the body of Christ.
Eph 4:25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 

1 John 1:8-9 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 

Eph 4:1-6 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing (carrying one another) with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit- just as you were called to one hope when you were called- 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 

Romans 8:35-39 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 Just as it is written,

"For Thy sake we are being put to death all day long; 
We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered." 

37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 
NAS

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