I’m reading a book called The Bait of Satan, by John Bevere. The bait of the title refers to the trap of taking offense.
I got to thinking that when we think of lures from Satan, we usually think of fun things — lust, food, alcohol, some form of pleasure. We think of Satan as trying to get us to overindulge.
Taking offense with someone is an even more pervasive trap — and it isn’t even fun! This trap ensnares us, and we don’t even get some pleasure out of it.
Like all Satan’s traps, this bait is disguised. It feels right; it feels just. After all, that person we are offended at did something wrong. We don’t realize that Satan’s trap is all wrapped up with our own pride.
And who suffers because we take offense? We suffer ourselves. Perhaps that’s why what feels like pursuing justice doesn’t end up being the best way to get justice at all. “It is mine to avenge, I will repay,” says the Lord.
Bevere has written a number of very thought provoking books… all worth reading.
Truth is sometimes hard to swallow, but if swallowed will set us free.
I never thought about that. Huh.