I was chatting with a guy the other day, talking about how we sometimes allow things, situations, and, of course, people the opportunity to offend us.
Sometimes we let the wrong things get under our skin. We hang on to them until they begin poisoning our system.
Kind of like pimples.
Pimples are indicators of more serious problems.
What should we do? When we see it for what it truly is (or when it finally comes to a head) we should squeeze it until the blood flows. The flow of blood helps cleanse the wound (as Jesus’ blood cleanses all our sin).
It helps get the poison out of our system.
As you may have figured out, it’s much better to never allow offenses to get under our skin. That being said, it is imperative we continuously wash ourselves in the water of God’s Word. It’s also important to be in close fellowship with other believers who may help keep the wrong things from getting under our skin by watching for areas in our life where an infection could be setting in.
Spiritual pimples are indicators of a more serious problem…
…a poisoned soul.
…an offended heart.
…a victim mentality.
…a joyless existence.
“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:31 – 4:32 ESV)
“Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled.” (Hebrews 12:14 – 12:15 ESV)