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TOPIC: THE HINDRANCES TO WALKING IN LOVE

Scripture :Acts 24: 16. And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.

Beloved, I welcome you to another Moment of Daily Encounter! The subject of the more excellent way is so powerful that it controls most of our activities on earth!

There is no language, tribe or territory that love is not needed! Hence God commanded us to walk in love (Eph.5:2).

However, walking in love could be hindered by the enemy of love. For the next one week we shall consider this enemy that could hinder our walking in love.

What is this enemy ??

One major enemy that could hinder our walking in love is OFFENCE!

Offence is the arch enemy of walking in love, the more excellent way because it stagnates a growing love or kills it completely.

Love could be flourishing somewhere until offence steps in! Husband and wife could be doing very well in love until offence steps in. Immediately offence arrives, things begins to fall apart.

What then is an offence?

According to Merriam Webster dictionary offence is something that causes a person to be hurt, angry, or upset.
It can also be defined as an emotional response to displeasure, rage, anger etc usually caused by the action of other people.

Beloved, the hurt you have been carrying around is simply your reaction to displeasure.

That anger that is boiling up in your mind is just your reaction to what you feel is not right!

Please, please be informed that, as long as you are here on earth, people must offend you.

As long as two people are living together there is bound to be offence. As long as we are still wearing flesh and blood, there must be offence! Here’s what Jesus said:

Luke 17: 1. Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!

So while you are still living in a world of human beings, get ready for offence. Between husband and wife, brothers and sisters, co-workers, church members, etc are various degrees of offences! The earlier we prepare our minds for it the better for us.

Beloved, if you permit a space for offence to settle, you will surely be defiled in the long run because offence could germinate and grow into bitterness.

Hebrews 12: 15. Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;

What then is the way out?

1. Expect offence. That is, prepare for it before it arrives. Jesus has already told us that offense must come, so the earlier we prepare for it the better it is for us. The idea of saying ‘I’m disappointed in you’ will not be there!

The place of wearing long face all days will not be there. Many people are in pains today just because the one they so much love and cherish betrayed them or broke their hearts. But if they had prepared for it before it happened, the shock will not be much.

2. Advance forgiveness! Forgive even before the offender will say, “I’m sorry”. It is ensuring your conscience is free from offence always!

Acts 24: 16. And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.

This is deliberately exercising yourself to forgive your offender even when he/she has not admitted he/she offended you. Refuse to go to bed with offense in your heart especially for husband and wife because offense kills love very fast.

If your conscience is punctured with offense, your love suddenly goes flat like a deflated tyre, and be rest assured so many things will go wrong with your life.

What are the factors that cause offences?

Remember this :Heaven is real and hell is real! The absence of love could make you end your journey on earth in pain. Jesus loves you!

Prayer points :
– Father thank you for your word to me today.
– Lord I refuse to live with offence any more in the name of Jesus.

Prophetic Declaration :
I prophesy the release of grace to throw away every weight of emotional bag of pains that you have been carrying around in the name of Jesus.
– Be loosed from every yoke of offence in the name of Jesus

From your brother Alex
God bless you.

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