Colossians 3:12 NKJV
Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;
A while back, I found myself doing some soul searching. I had noticed a trend. I was continually finding myself with hurt feelings, being upset, and offended. It was never the same people who caused me to feel this way either. It didn't matter where I was or who I was with, but about 6 times out of 10 I would leave a function in a tizzy. It was always "So and so said who-knows-what" and it rubbed ME the wrong way, or that person gave ME the stank eye, or everybody complimented the others there but no one said anything good to ME!
I was tired of feeling constantly like an outsider with hurt feelings and singing pour pitiful me! So I did some self analysis. I noticed that the common denominator was ME! I decided to see what the Bible said about this easily offended habit of mine. What I found was that if I were more humble, more meek in spirit I would not feel this way. The bottom line was that I was committing the sin of pride. Taking myself and everything about me way too seriously. I was valuing myself more than I valued anyone else and was getting upset when others didn't value me as much as I did myself.
Proverbs 11:2 says "when pride comes then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom."
This verse smacked me in the face! I was being disgraceful to myself and to God. I called myself a Christian but when I thought someone wasn't treating me the way I felt I deserved to be treated, I threw a fit and showed my tail. I damaged my witness as well as the kingdom of God. How shameful?!!
Being too sensitive or easily offended is not good for anyone! It causes the person heart ache, the loss of friends, and so much more!
My advice to myself and everyone else is: do you're very best not to be easily offended. Save yourself the headache and heartache.
Psalms 119:165 says "Great peace have they who love thy law: nothing shall offend them"
Delight yourself in the Lord! Choose to be joyful. Even if it seems you are being mistreated answer it with kindness and a smile. I'm sure that you'll find that love will over come and joy is contagious.