This week I took some books out of the library on forgiveness, so that I can immerse myself in our theme for the month. The first one I picked up is Unoffendable by Brant Hansen, who is a Christian radio host. His basic premise is that Christians should strive to become “unoffendable.” In other words, we should have a mindset that allows us to forgive others in advance.
Here’s a quote:
“Whenever there’s an injury to a relationship, a hurt, a broken heart, or even a broken thing, and you are willing to forgive, you are saying ‘I got this. I’m going to pick up the bill for this.’
This is, of course, precisely what God has done for us.
Hansen is absolutely right: we hear it every week in church when the pastor announces the forgiveness of our sins. It’s not a reward for our confession, it’s a statement of what has already taken place.
When we give up our anger, Hansen says, we are making a sacrifice which allows us to love others in unexpected ways. (Isn’t it amazing how our monthly themes are all fitting together?) He also maintains that when we choose ahead of time, “before conversations, before meetings, before our day begins–to be unoffendable, we’re simply choosing humility.” When we give up our anger, when we put other first, when we admit that we don’t understand their feelings and motivations, we have come to the place where we can minister to and serve them. Isn’t that what the Christian life is all about?
So what do you think? Can you spend some time each morning praying to be unoffendable all da