A Different Perspective

Is God Easily Offended?


God hates sin!  We know this.  We know also that whatever is not done of faith is sin (Rom 14:23).  That is a lot of things we do and take for granted.  As humans, we constantly find ourselves worrying.  This is sin.  Jesus said clearly “do not worry” (Matt 6:25).

We are often told that God cannot abide with evil, so where does God go when His children sin?  Since He cannot abide with evil, and sin is evil.  Sin says we do not believe that He is, that He loves, that He cares or that He can!

Jesus walked with sinners.  He saw their sin even before they committed it.  He saw their hearts were filled with darkness.  But He saw that they needed Him.  So He stayed and showed them the Way…  He went the extra mile and died for them!  And on that Cross, as they mocked Him, He graciously said “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do…” (Luke 23:34).

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God hates sin, but God doesn’t run away.  He expels sin instead.  He delivers His children from the grip of their enemy.  He cares for them.  He picks them up.  He encourages them.  He heals them.  He restores them.  He doesn’t give up, where there is the smallest element of faith.

Some people think God is easily offended.  They think He is like a human, who is petty.  Who looks on the outward appearance, and does not see the heart of the matter.  Who looks at the present, and doesn’t consider the future.  They think He is short-tempered, vindictive and even oppressive.

But we know that God is compassionate.  He is long-suffering.  He is kind and He loves to forgive sin and reconcile the sinner to Himself.  He is love, and we know that “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails… (1 Cor 13:4-8).

Yes, we ought to hate sin.  In ourselves and in others.  We ought to rid ourselves of it…but most of all, we should not be afraid to run to Him, who alone can make us clean.  He will not run from us, because of our sin.  He even runs to us…  He wants our deliverance.  He wants our healing.  He wants our restoration.

Don’t let the evidence of sin cause you to quit.  Let it cause you to fight.  For yourself and others too.  To call on God and hold on to Him.  To humble yourself, and accept His forgiveness.  Let Him love you…and teach you His holy Way.

God is not easily offended.  God is gracious (Psa 145:8).  No matter what you have done…call out to Him today, and He will come to you.  Your faith will draw Him near to you.  And you will be healed.  And you will be saved.

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5 replies »

  1. Yes. It would seem that the god of the Bible is easily offended if he personally takes offense, calls it sin against himself, the stray thoughts of a man who simply looks at a woman with lust. Matt 5.28
    the man has committed no crime, not acted on his adulterous thoughts, not actually defiled his marriage bed, not attacked or groped or a one anything… most of all not to God Himself, but yet god, by Jesus’s own words condemns that man as having sinned as if he’d already done the deed. As a sin… an offense to gods holiness and righteousness, that, like all sin, would be punishable by death in the OT and Eternal torment in hell in the NT.
    Yes… the God of the Bible is easily offended

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  2. Hi KIA,

    Thanks for reading, commenting, liking and sharing.

    I do understand what sin is, and even from my definition at the start, it would appear that God is easily offended. But I meant my question is a different respect.

    Offences are common to man. When we offend any man, we also offend God. But not all men are easily offended, though you may offend them. It doesn’t mean that what you did wasn’t offensive, only that they were gracious enough to not take offence and forgive the offence.

    That’s what I was trying to say about God. I’m not saying it is not easy to offend God, since it is easy to sin, it is in our nature to sin, and sin by definition is offensive to God. What I was saying is that God is not as petty as many make Him out to be. He is not easily offended and He is quick to forgive.

    Even though He hates sin, He is patient with us as He teaches us His ways and wisdom. He is like the expert Physician. Sin is a sickness, and He knows how to treat it. Yes, it is offensive and repulsive, but He is a master at His craft. He doesn’t hold his nose up at us, and handle us with disgust… As one who is immune to our particular ailment, He goes to work to rid us of sin, so that we can be whole, well and happy!

    I don’t know if you understand me. A novice surgeon may be easily disgusted when they cut open a patient, but a Master Physician is not! And because He is so qualified, we can go to Him boldly, without fear of being turned away because of our offence.

    Cheers, Ufuoma.

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  3. God is love and he is a loving father to his children. Even when he corrects us, he does it in love and does not cast us out forever -In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer. -Isaiah 54:8

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