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  • Writer's pictureBishop Keith Butler

Believing God is better than Being Offended

Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers: And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name. (Romans 15:8-9)

Romans 15:8-9 explains that Jesus’ ministry was first to the circumcision, meaning the Jews. Paul said that Jesus came with a specific purpose: to fulfill the promises made to the patriarchs. Jesus did just that, fulfilling well over 300 prophesies about the Messiah. Among those prophesies were ones that stated His ministry would reach far beyond the Jewish people and minister to the Gentiles as well.

The Gospels tell of an encounter between Jesus and a Gentile woman — she approached Him, seeking healing for her daughter, who was possessed. Jesus said that it was not fit to give God’s gift to "dogs," a term commonly applied to Gentiles.

Instead of being insulted or offended, her faith remained unshaken. She likened herself to dogs who partake of crumbs from their master's table. He told her because of her great faith, she would have her request. Here, Jesus ministered to a Gentile because of her faith, not because of her background or lineage.

God’s family is composed of all people who decide to believe and live for Him. He does not judge us based on our background. Faith pleases God, so He looks to see our faith in Him, not where we came from.

Practical Application

Take a lesson from the Gentile woman’s faith. When you have an opportunity to become offended or upset about something, pause, and see where you can place your faith instead. Believing God for His power to change things will bring you better results than harboring bitterness and anger.

Matthew 15:24; 2 Corinthians 1:20


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