Day 137: Take No Offense

Proverbs 17:9

Overlook an offense and bond a friendship; fasten on to a slight and – good-bye, friend!.


Repeating or harping on a matter separates even close friends.

Everyone has an opportunity to be offended. What should we do when someone purposefully or not offends us? How do we respond? The word picture for an offense is when someone places an obstacle in another’s path to cause him or her to stumble or lose footing and fall. There are times when people purposefully maneuver and manipulate obstacles in our paths – it could be in business, family matters, or even in spiritual matters.

When someone throws stones your way, make them building blocks to your next promotion!

Don’t take the offense. Overlook it and go on. Keep stepping and moving forward in your purpose, and nothing will stop you.

“The stone which the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.” – Mark 12:10

Jesus didn’t take offense when others were picking up stones to throw at Him; he just kept walking toward his goal. He turned their rejection into the cornerstone of his purpose. Imagine, some of the very ones who picked up stones to throw at Jesus became converts of His when He went to the cross – by overlooking their offense, they became friends.

Some of the people who seem to hate you or have worked against you may become your friends.


Take the stones and build steps toward your next level. Share on X

Read Proverbs Chapter 17

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