I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW how people who never had a relationship with one another, and in fact at one time, never even liked each other; but bond over their hatred of someone else? Have you ever seen this phenomenon? Boy, I have seen this in spades in the church.

I can remember people actually telling me, “I don’t like this person. They are a gossip and they cause division everywhere they go.” Skip a head a year and the above person who said the above statement is close friends with the same divisive person they didn’t like all because they both had formed an offense against the church (or someone in the church). Then they post their offense on social media and other people, (who never had any kind of relationship with them or perhaps even knew them, but have an offense against the same church or person) come out of the woodwork, form a bond with the accuser, and want to get together for coffee.

They were never friends. They perhaps didn’t know each other. Yet these form a bond over their hatred of the church (or specific person). This happens all the time. Perhaps this has happened to you? People who were never friends form a bond of friendship over their dislike of you. What kind of demonic spirit is this? It’s pure evil.

This happened in the book of Acts and it started with one man, a man named Demetrius.“And about that time there arose a great commotion about the Way. For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Diana, brought no small profit to the craftsmen. “He called them together with the workers of similar occupation, and said: “Men, you know that we have our prosperity by this trade. Moreover you see and hear that not only at Ephesus, but throughout almost all Asia, this Paul has persuaded and turned away many people, saying that they are not gods which are made with hands. So not only is this trade of ours in danger of falling into disrepute, but also the temple of the great goddess Diana may be despised and her magnificence destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worship.””‭‭Acts‬ ‭19:23-27‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

One man riled up an entire city of people because he was offended at Paul and the preaching of the gospel. What I want you to notice is in verse 32 it’s recorded, “most of them did not know why they had come together”. Innocent people got sucked into one man’s offense.Here’s a few things I’ve learned throughout the years with this kind of wickedness: 1. Think for yourself. When someone tries to talk bad to me about another, I shut them down. You have to be bold enough to say, “Please do not talk bad about them. I don’t want you to give me a false impression about that person.” Tell them they are in sin and to take it to Jesus with a humble and repentant heart. This takes courage- a courage that I have lacked in the past, but not anymore.

I’ve seen the damage a little fire can do. 2. Offenses will always try to find away. They are like water. If you continue to pour out water, it will make a way through any damn. This is how floods come and destroy everything in its path. Water damage is no joke. Stop spreading your offense! It stinks. It’s the rotting decay of dead flesh. If you cause another to take on your offense, you are in a double sin. Not only do you have a root of bitterness, but you will defile the whole body. If my mind is corroded with offensive thinking, I could find an offense against most people (or at least make up one in my head). This is demonic. It is evil. It is wicked.

If you want the truth, you have to ask someone who’s heart is not bitter. 3. You have no right. You have no right to accuse another. You have no right to harbor unforgiveness. You have no right to seek your own way. You have no right to spread a false report. You have no right to be offended. You have no right to take on another’s offense. Please tell me what rights you have in Christ to be a pawn in division? Here are your rights: you have the right to remain silent and be considered wise. You have the right to forgive and show mercy. You have the right to live in peace, joy and righteousness. You have the right to live secure as a child of God. #runyourrace

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