People aren’t perfect.
We can easily be offended by a person’s intentional or non-intentional actions. I have seen people get upset because an action was NOT taken (“He/She SHOULD HAVE done such and such”). Gossip can make us offended on behalf of somebody!
I have found lack of communication to be a primary reason for remaining offended. Either I have not explained my expectations to someone or I haven’t asked the reason why something was done. How many times have you discovered somebody acted rude to you because they were dealing with something aweful or stressful? It would be great if people remained civil when they were stressed, but wouldn’t it be greater to reach out to them and help reduce their stress instead?
Kevin Gerald wrote: “You do yourself a favor when you forgive others. We must be careful not to pick up someone else’s offense. Even though it’s hard for us to deal with someone offending someone close to us, God calls us to take the high road. Anger, resentment and the desire for revenge can waste valuable energy that could be directed towards positive actions.”