Ten Truths About Offenses

  1. Offenses must come (Luke 17:1)
  2. Mature Christians will not take such offenses to heart (Ps. 119:165)
  3. Most offenses are meant to be ignored (Eccl. 7:21-22 )
  4. Offenses that cannot be ignored are to be addressed properly
  5. The offended person cannot tell others about the offense until he/she has gone to the offender to restore the relationship
  6. The person who involves others in the offense without seeking restoration commits a second and greater offense (Prov. 11:3; 18:8)
  7. The offended one must go to the offender and seek restoration (Lev. 19:16-18)
  8. The offender must repent or go through the process of church discipline (Mt. 18)
  9. The circle of confession about the offense can never be greater than the circle of knowledge about the offense (Prov. 25:8-10)
  10. The offender must get right if he realizes he has offended a brother (Mt. 5:23-24)