Satan has no power except what we give him. When offense comes, and it will, we can either empower it by focusing on and reacting to the offense and the offender, or we can completely strip the offense of its power by overlooking it through eyes of grace and forgiveness. The same way Christ views our daily offenses.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to live bound by people and circumstances. I have a life to live and lives to touch. And so do you. Let’s live in freedom. Let’s refuse to be enslaved to people and events any longer. Let’s refuse to give them power over us. Galatians 5:1 NIV tells us that freedom is God’s desire for us: “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” Jesus Christ laid His life down for you and for me so we could be free. He set us free from the penalty of sin that leads to eternal separation from God. He has set us free to live life to the fullest—no matter where we live! (John 10:10)
So, “stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1, emphasis added). It is our own daily choice whether we are free or whether we are yoked to some event, person, or emotion. It’s like God is saying to us: “Stand firm my child! Don’t be moved by anything or anyone. Instead, stay focused on Me. Trust Me to defend you, to fight your battles, and to make right what is wrong. The moment you take situations into your hands is the moment you take them out of My hands and diffuse My power to work in your life. Fear, self-pity, anger, bitterness, jealousy—none of these things are from Me. So let them go, lest they destroy you. Clinging to them is like clinging to a sinking ship. Ultimately, you will be destroyed. Give the offense and offender to Me and keep moving forward!”