The Greek word for offense is “skandalon,” defined as a trap stick, a snare. Our adversary places offenses as traps in front of us. Instead of reacting to an offense, we should move away from it as quickly as possible.
We acknowledge the potential offense and refuse to take the bait by walking in love and truth. It doesn’t mean we ignore something that is said or done but we address it as quickly as possible so the stumbling block is removed. We seek communication by asking questions for clarification. We ask the Lord before the person. When we do, we often receive truth from Him and directions on how to proceed. Confronting something before it becomes an offense is often not workable. The key is being on watch to face it as quickly as possible.
The most difficult offense to perceive is the one we have already taken. In that case, the enemy may bring denial so it’s not handled. If we don’t recognize an offense, we can’t deal with it effectively. Before, during or after an offensive situation, we are to seek truth from the Lord and walk in that truth. Our path contains stumbling blocks but they can only stop us if we don’t handle them with the authority and power we have in Christ, from glory to glory!
1 John 2:10 “He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him.”