It seems we live in a world where our opinion matters. That's OK up to a point. But our opinion matters more.... more than other people's opinions. We are bombarded by this ideology. Facebook... (even Talkjesus to a point) encourages us to say something everyone "Likes". There have even been studies done that say people can become addicted to "Likes". There is a chemical produced by the brain called dopamine, It is produced by pleasure and pleasant stimulation. It is a naturally occurring chemical, but it has been found that people can become addicted even to this. Sometimes people "try" to offend us. They specifically say things personally against us. Other times they just say something in general in no one in particular, but still people are offended. This reminds me of driving in the city. Some people intentionally cut you off. But some people, are just bad drivers. They don't necessarily mean to offend you... but we are offended anyway. I am firmly convinced that "taking offence" to something someone says.... is Satan's greatest weapon against Christians today. The Bible says the world will be offended by us. But it seems we are perfectly capable of offending each other. Sometimes intentionally... but sometimes just as a by product of our "opinions". But even if someone does attack us, or disagree with us personally.... should we be offended? Should we fight back? Argue, bicker and continually string the emotions and drama out for as long as we can? There's an old saying... sticks and stone may break my bones... but words will never hurt me. But the truth is... sometimes words do hurt. Even when we don't mean for them to. But all too often, we do mean for them to hurt... someone. When I drive in the city, I have seen something called "road rage". People intentionally hit another vehicle, or break a window out with a baseball bat or something similar to that effect. It seems sometimes here on TalkJesus, I see something I call "post rage". People can't wait to "get even" or "get back" at someone. You know, if we simply give no response to those who offend us (intentionally or otherwise) they have no power over us. Of course the Bible says we should love one another... "i hate your guts, but I love you". We don't always have to agree 100% with someone in order to love them. But do we have to hate them? Do we have to beat them and berate them emotionally just because they disagree with us? They may even be wrong. Imagine that. We may even be wrong... ha, imagine THAT if you can. But no matter who is right and who is wrong... do we have to be offended? If Satan can get us at each other throats, he has already won. Maybe we just need to sit back, take a deep breath, maybe say a quick prayer (or maybe not so quick in some cases) take time to view that person the way Jesus sees them, and respond in love. There is a lot of talk about loving one another here on TalkJesus (as there should be) but it seems that often while we are "loving one another" we are offended by one another in the same breath. I have even seen passive/agressive responses here on TalkJesus... things similar to... "you're stupid for thinking that, but God loves you anyway". How's that for showing the love of Christ to one another. Matt 5:44; "But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, Matt 5:45; so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Matt 5:46; "For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? Rom 12:20; "BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD." Maybe sometimes we take that second verse a little to literal, and we simply want to pour burning coals on them. What controls you? Do emotions control you? Or do you control them? Even in the storm, even when you are offended. Do you have retaliate? If someone can control your emotions and responses... if someone can make you angry enough to react in anger.... that person has control over you.