Luke 17:1 Offenses Happen

Luke 17:1 (KJV)
Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!

I think we get this passage all wrong. We focus on what we should do about the offender when we ought to focus on not being him.

Offenses happen in this world. I am not excusing them. I am not making light of them. I merely accept what the Bible says about them. It is impossible to live without offenses coming our way:

  • In word
  • In action
  • Emotionally
  • Physically and
  • Spiritually

It is a fact, offenses will come.

But we do not have to be offended at the offenses. We can choose always to forgive. We can live in such a state of fellowship with God that the offenses are the furthest of our concerns.

I think the passage indicates what is of more concern is our propensity to be the offender. We are of such corrupt natures, so conformed to this world that, without taking proactive steps to prevent it, our response to an offense is offensive in itself.

It’s just better to give offenses to the Lord and live rather in a state of contentment.

  • God knows and
  • God has us covered


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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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