Blessed is the man who doesn't become offended. Matthew 11

Matthew 11:6 Unoffendable #141

I have shared about the spirit of offense several times on this blog including encouragement to be unoffendable and how I have been dealing with my own emotions of being offended with God. Clearly based on what the Lord is teaching me I should have shared Matthew 11:6 a long time ago which says, “Blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”

The context of this scripture takes place when John was in prison. John asked in Matthew 11:3, “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?” John doubted what God was doing, so much so that Jesus told the disciples to go to John and recount all the miracles Jesus had done.

Have you ever doubted God like John did? Do you wonder, if God is good how there can be evil in this world? Or maybe you wonder why you could be going through such a hard time in your life? John was probably wondering the same thing. Why would he be in prison if Jesus was who he said he was? But what did Jesus do when John approached him with the question mentioned earlier? Jesus pointed to the evidence. He shared that he had healed the blind, healed the sick, raised the dead, and preached to the poor.

Jesus’s very instruction was that the man who does not become offended is blessed. Blessed! Every day you and I have an opportunity to become offended at God and at other people. But when we choose the higher route we become BLESSED! If you have become offended with God, recount every good thing he has done for you. Don’t let offense be an option, but turn to Christ as you reflect on scripture as well as all the blessings in your life.

Blessed is the man who doesn't become offended. Matthew 11

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16 Comments
  • Cheryl Smith
    Posted at 08:48h, 18 July Reply

    Wow, this is just a wonderful thought, Caroline! I have never thought of this Scripture in this way. This was so enlightening. It reminded me of the verse that says, “Great peace have they which love Thy law, and nothing shall offend them.” I have often wondered how a person gets to the place of not EVER being offended…where NOTHING offends us. This post has been a great help to me. Thank you for being faithful to share what God puts upon your heart.

  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 09:53h, 18 July Reply

    I love all lessons on being offended. In todays world, that is HUGE problem… let the FB rants begin because someone is offended.

  • Vanessa Raphael
    Posted at 12:02h, 18 July Reply

    Amen! The spirit of offense will never leave, you will have to leave it 😊

  • Rachael
    Posted at 13:43h, 18 July Reply

    I was just talking with my husband about this very same thing today! I am so glad you posted this. I feel like this is one of those steps we have to start to taking as we mature as a Christians; not becoming offended in today’s world is truly difficult. This is a great perspective!

  • Marie
    Posted at 15:06h, 18 July Reply

    Somethings should offend us. but handling it without offending is the key. Everything can be handled with love.

  • Clare Speer
    Posted at 17:59h, 18 July Reply

    Wonderful message – I need to come up a little higher and not be offended – and count all the wonderful things God has done for me!

  • Andrea
    Posted at 18:37h, 18 July Reply

    If we would only stick to the Word of God 🙂

  • Allison
    Posted at 20:51h, 18 July Reply

    Such a timely post with all that’s going on in the world. Thank you for this incredible reminder!

  • Tara
    Posted at 21:21h, 18 July Reply

    Wow. This verse is a great reminder. It is so hard when God does things differently than we would, but He knows best. If we love Him, we have to trust Him.

  • Brittney Moses
    Posted at 00:57h, 19 July Reply

    This is a great post and I think it’s also relevant considering a lot of the tragedies that have happened in recent events. Thank you for this reminder!

  • Gwen
    Posted at 02:58h, 19 July Reply

    I believe with very difficult times and age, there does come a point where one says, Lord this is the path of life for me. You planned. But no. It is not easy but the more I surround myself with spiritual insight, Bible verses, talking of our Savior’s Words…rather than lamenting over the rotten stuff….my mind looks up to Him. You’ve ministered often in your Scripture insights!! Leading our eyes back to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Plus we CAN tell it to Jesus, He is a friend that’s so true. There’s no other, not a friend nor brother, so tell it to Jesus —I forget the rest!!! But it’s wonderful to count our blessings yet never fear to go to Him either.

  • Pamela
    Posted at 06:36h, 19 July Reply

    I like the idea of listing everything God has done for us. I can easily see how there would be no comparison between what God has done for me and what I perceive as a failure of God.

  • ellesees.net
    Posted at 06:59h, 19 July Reply

    Not to become offended, but to be blessed! Always choose being blessed!

  • Leslie
    Posted at 08:30h, 19 July Reply

    This was a surprise–not at all where I thought you were going to go when I read the title. Great insight!

  • Lo | All That Motivates
    Posted at 12:13h, 19 July Reply

    Offense can be crazy hard to deal with. I’ve been reading through some Joyce Meyer books and different parts of scripture and am learning so much! I never realized how harmful offense can be until just recently. It’s cool that you talk about it so often. It’s definitely a topic that should be discussed.

  • Laura
    Posted at 15:07h, 19 July Reply

    Excellent post! I had never looked at this scripture that way before, either. Jesus was so kind about it, too. As with doubting Thomas, Jesus didn’t get offended back or reprimand John for his doubt and offendedness. Instead, He showed him who He was and offered him the chance to choose blessing through faith. Thank you for the encouragement! – Laura

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