Scripture for Today: Proverbs 19:11 “A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.”
Did you know that some millennials are called “snowflakes?” The reason for this derogatory term is that they have a reputation for melting down in the face of opinions with which they disagree. Some believe they are special and unique (like a snowflake). But more than that some believe that the world owes them because they have always been handed everything their whole lives. The snowflake generation is thought to be self-obsessed and fragile, easily taking offense. One example of this attitude is the banning of clapping at a meeting in case it caused trauma!
Rather than easily taking offense, today’s verse talks about overlooking it completely. The one who lets that verbal jibe slide is the one who is taking the high road. The intended insult and humiliation loses its impact when there is no response or biting reply. That offense may have been unintended. Sometimes, the offense is only a perceived one. In any case, what was nasty or negative can actually work in one’s favor when responded to with wisdom and patience.
I wish I were not as sensitive as I am. I wish those perceived hurts would slide right off my back. Too often, I remember every word of a past insult. How unlike the Lord! Jesus did not take offense and quit when He was insulted, spit upon and mocked. He went all the way to the cross and was glorified by the Father. Any offense I face from others is so very small in comparison. He wants me to overlook it with grace and forgiveness. In doing so I am well viewed by others, but more importantly, He is glorified!
Lord, make me wise and patient enough to let it go.