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!
Matthew 18:7 Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!
Jesus said we would be exposed to and experience offenses Luke 17:1. Offenses are anything that outrages the senses and things that ignite (burn/inflame/kindle) the emotions 2 Corinthians 11:29. When we take offense it can become a stumbling block in our walk with God. They are often deliberately used by satan to stop us in our destiny. They waste time and stop us from being productive and useful.They can even sever divinely joined relationships. They can lead to emotional pain we need not carry.
Pain doesn’t have to be viewed as an enemy but it can let us know we have one who is always seeking whom he may devour. We shouldn’t ignore emotional pain but rather pay attention to our pain and learn to process our pain Biblically. There are also futile remedies for hurt/pain that do not work that we are told to do something Biblically about:
1. IGNORING IT.
Matthew 18:15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone (not ignore it): if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
2. RUNNING FROM IT Psalm 55:6,8, 16-18.
Psalm 55:6-8 And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest. 7 Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah. 8 I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest…. 18 As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me. 17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice. 18 He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me. (Run to God and pour out your heart before Him)
3. TELLING IT Leviticus 19:16-19.
Lev 19:16 Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I am the Lord. (Involving others hurts us and others)
4. RESENTING IT Leviticus 19:17. (Refeeling it over and over only adds pain).
Leviticus 19:17 Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him. 18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.
5. WORRYING ABOUT IT Psalm 37:7, 8, 35-40.
Psalm 37:7-8 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. 8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil…. 35 I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree. 36 Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found. 37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace. 38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off. 39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble. 40 And the Lord shall help them and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him. (God is just and will maintain our right and our cause Ps.9:1-4)
5. COVER IT UP James 5:16.
James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (emotional honesty is healthy)
Jesus paid the price for our emotional pain as well as for our sins on the Cross (Isaiah 53:4, 5) and that means there is grace available to help us in our time of need (Heb. 4:16). Grace helps us do what we couldn’t do on our own. By the grace of God we can get rid of the pain and come to the place that we forgive those who hurt us if that is the case. Jesus also said He would give us power over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt us Luke 10:19. He has given us power so that nothing inspired from the enemy’s ability can ultimately harm us. If the power of God can raise a body from the dead the same power can heal damaged emotions.