Live Unoffended

Posted on January 27, 2020 by Catey Stover in Victory Call

One morning as I sat down to do my morning Scripture reading, I picked up a book sitting next to my chair – “Circle Makers” by Mark Batterson. I just flipped through the yet-unfinished half and my eyes dropped to the phrase – LIVE UNOFFENDED.

My eye briefly scanned a sentence or two and was drawn to the idea of God’s sovereignty. That thought stuck with me — live unoffended. Oh, how much time, energy and effort are wasted by mulling over a perceived offense? I’ve had people come back to me and say – “I passed you on Tuesday (2-3 days prior) and you didn’t say ‘Hi’ – are you upset with me?” I wouldn’t even remember seeing them. Oh, but I’m just as guilty, thinking I know why someone did or said something or didn’t do or say something. OH, WHAT A WASTE! And we are probably wrong.
When we carry an offense –
1. It drains our energy
2. It distracts our attention
3. It is a result of living life focused on self
4. We are failing to love others as we love ourselves
5. It is sin
As I thought about it, in a sense – living unoffended is an acknowledgment and evidence of a life fully submitted and surrendered to the sovereignty of God, unwilling to waste time dwelling on a perceived offense which the enemy wants to blow way out of proportion to keep us distracted from what really matters — JESUS.Oh, Lord, I want to live unoffended, unwilling to be robbed of that which is most important, most precious, not me, but Thee.

PS – When I read more carefully pg. 88-89 of Batterson’s book the concept of living unoffended was referring to not being offended by God when He answers others’ prayers and not yours, but for me that morning – this was the lesson God wanted me to hear.

Written By Diane Hunt: Diane Hunt serves on the board of America’s Keswick and provides ministry support from her home in North Carolina. She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at

Think About This: “Never let the presence of a storm cause you to doubt the presence of God.” -Craig Groeschel

The Daily Bible Reading: Leviticus 1-5| You can download our 2020 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here. 

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:  Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. -Joshua 1:8

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the doctrinal and theological views held by America’s Keswick.

Want to get away & have dedicated time to read & learn God’s Word?

Consider a retreat at America’s Keswick retreat center.


Recent Posts