By Dave Havir
The writer pastors the Church of God Big Sandy and is a regular columnist for The Journal
BIG SANDY, Texas--When Paul discussed the subject of avoiding offense in a letter to the believers at Corinth, he made a very direct statement: "Give none offense, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God" (1 Corinthians 10:32).
That sounds pretty clear to me: Don't offend anyone.
Let me ask a question. Is it possible to avoid causing offense to everyone?
Well, if anyone could avoid causing offense, it would be the person who never sinned. Right?
Jesus Christ never sinned, so does that translate into His never offending anyone?
Let's look at His life.
Not a man-pleaser
First, let's establish that Jesus' self-respect was not primarily based upon what people thought of Him.
He regularly made statements that revealed His desire to please His Father in heaven. Some of those words are found in John 4:34, John 5:30, John 6:38, John 8:29 and John 17:4.
Even though He proved His love for people by His actions, He placed His interest in serving the Father above the opinions of people.