There is a lot of Offence prevalent in the world at present in many aspects of it. Individually, governmentally, within many systems and Nations.
The spirit of I am right and you are wrong and I am offended that you don’t think the same as me.
This gives rise to divisions, destruction, accusation, retaliation and more.
None of which qualities are in God’s will.
Opposing they are in sin.
The sin that came into existence in Genesis with Adam but which Jesus as the second Adam in the world redeemed.
God does not redefine sin.
God desires that we resist sin.
God does love all equally and would wish that of us.
However once a door is opened to sin the enemy walks in .
Sin is sin.
That is not ok and biblically it clearly advocates we have a right standing with God and uphold righteousness and love always.
The war zone the enemy navigates is against love and righteousness.
Love and righteousness are the very personification of God.
Scripturally we are challenged to “ love your enemy” “do good to those who hate you.” “ turn the other cheek” etc.
Love others as ourselves and act justly.
We are not now of the first Adam.
“Lay aside your old Adam-self with its masquerade and disguise. For you have acquired new creation life which is continually being renewed into the likeness of the One who created you; giving you the full revelation of God.”
When the adulterous woman was accused at the well by the supposed upstanding members of her society Jesus drew a line in the sand whilst saying to them :
“Let’s have the man who has never had a sinful desire throw the first stone at her.”
They all put down their stones and left and neither did Jesus condemn.
Offensive vengeful actions as from the First Adams day are completely overturned to the heart of forgiveness, compassion, love that the second Adam, Jesus, shows us to be the heart of the Father.
The heart of Christ dwelling in us will not tolerate the playground stone throwers.
Jesus did not ignore the sin.
He confronted it and He de-escalated it.
How can we de-escalate what we enter into or witness?
Our response is serious if we want to represent Jesus.
Jesus desires to heal hearts and close doors.
We are all navigating together but Jesus invites us to
“Ascend into this realm! I want to reveal to you what must happen after this.”
Jesus chooses to forgive and open up a way forward with Him.
That too must be our route to reassemble what increasingly appears broken around us.
Create a new atmosphere of hope not despair.
The gift that He carries to each of restored peace and joy is what we too can carry to decontaminate the atmosphere.
What liberates us can be carried to others.
When hearts are cleansed we are free to walk on to our promise.
When we look upon Jesus He is setting the house in order and bringing God’s glory.
God doesn’t wait for us to be perfect but a work in progress towards His will so that we are not destroyed but stepping into liberty and His eternal promise for us.
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;”
The illustration shows the offensive stone throwing that the parable’s, de- escalating strategy, sheds light onto to push back the offensive darkness.
Five Scriptures that come to mind:
“The first man was from the dust of the earth; the second Man is the Lord Jehovah, from the realm of heaven. The first one, made from dust, has a race of people just like him, who are also made from dust. The One sent from heaven has a race of heavenly people who are just like him. Once we carried the likeness of the man of dust, but now let us carry the likeness of the Man of heaven.”
1 Corinthians 15:47-49 TPT
“That’s how you once behaved, characterized by your evil deeds. But now it’s time to eliminate them from your lives once and for all—anger, fits of rage, all forms of hatred, cursing, filthy speech, Live as one who has died to every form of sexual sin and impurity. Live as one who died to diseases, and desires for forbidden things, including the desire for wealth, which is the essence of idol worship. When you live in these vices you ignite the anger of God against these acts of disobedience. That’s how you once behaved, characterised by your evil deeds. But now it’s time to eliminate them from your lives once and for all—anger, fits of rage, all forms of hatred, cursing, filthy speech, and lying. Lay aside your old Adam-self with its masquerade and disguise. For you have acquired new creation life which is continually being renewed into the likeness of the One who created you; giving you the full revelation of God. In this new creation life, your nationality makes no difference, or your ethnicity, education, or economic status— they matter nothing. For it is Christ that means everything as he lives in every one of us!”Colossians 3:5-11 TPT
“Angry, they kept insisting that he answer their question, so Jesus stood up and looked at them and said, “Let’s have the man who has never had a sinful desire throw the first stone at her.” And then he bent over again and wrote some more words in the dust. Upon hearing that, her accusers slowly left the crowd one at a time, beginning with the oldest to the youngest, with a convicted conscience.”John 8:7-9 TPT
“Then suddenly, after I wrote down these messages, I saw a heavenly portal open before me, and the same trumpet-voice I heard speaking with me at the beginning broke the silence and said, “Ascend into this realm! I want to reveal to you what must happen after this.””Revelation 4:1 TPT
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;”Isaiah 61:1 ESV
The song Mighty to Save. Hillsonghttps://youtu.be/GEAcs2B-kNc