19 A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city, and contentions are like the bars of a castle.
7 Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!
26 “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give place to the devil.
When we offend someone by word or by action, steps must be taken to resolve the offense and to restore the relationship. Whenever an offence is not dealt with quickly, the enemy of our souls will use that offence against us. The offended heart often travels to bitterness of soul toward the one who offended. By the time the offence goes to bitterness, the offended brother is harder to win than a strong city and the bars of that offence are like the bars of a castle designed to keep those inside from getting hurt again.
Jesus said that offences would come, that is, they are a part of life. But Jesus continued his lesson on offences and pronounced a woe on the one by whom the offence comes. Paul then, in Ephesians 4, teaches us to not allow the sun to set on an offence. In other words, offences are going to happen; offences can separate close friends and families; Satan can use offences to get to our hearts. But, when we seek to reconcile an offence in a timely manner, it can be righteously resolved.
Do you have offended people in your life? Are there people who have offended you and caused you to separate from them? Take time today to pray for those people, and then ask God for His strength to enable you to seek to reconcile with them. God is honored when sinners get along; honor our Lord today and by faith make the call toward reconciliation. When we, by faith, do what God tells us to do, the results are in His hands. Go and be reconciled.