When a friend of mine mentioned we should read The Bait of Satan: Living Free from the Deadly Trap of Offense, I figured it would be a quick read. After all, I’m not the type of person who holds grudges.
In this book, John Bevere explains that offense is the biggest tool the enemy uses to cripple Christians. Jesus stated in Luke 17:1 that it’s :”impossible that no offense should come.” Bevere points out “It’s not a question of opportunity to be offended but what your response will be.”
When someone hurts us we have a choice: we can grow angry and bitter, or we can let it go. It’s so easy to hold onto injury because, after all, we didn’t deserve to be treated that way, did we? Bevere states that “hurt people become more and more self-seeking and self-contained.”
As I worked through this book, I learned that I tend to hold onto offenses and become unloving towards those who injured me. One of the best aspects of this book is the workbook in the back because it forces the reader to get personal and to seek God for freedom from offense.
Over the past 6 months God has showed me people who I hadn’t forgiven: a neighbor who judged me as being a liberal parent, a boy who said something despicable to my son, a classmate from church who for years hasn’t bothered to acknowledge me. These are such little things! The whole process has been quite humbling.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to live in true freedom. Are you willing to choose not to be offended?