Taking Offense

Today I was reading the words of Limhi in the Book of Mormon. In Mosiah, chapter 10 we read the following:

11 Now, the Lamanites knew nothing concerning the Lord, nor the strength of the Lord, therefore they depended upon their own strength. Yet they were a strong people, as to the strength of men.
12 They were a wild, and ferocious, and a blood-thirsty people, believing in the tradition of their fathers, which is this—Believing that they were driven out of the land of Jerusalem because of the iniquities of their fathers, and that they were wronged in the wilderness by their brethren, and they were also wronged while crossing the sea;
13 And again, that they were wronged while in the land of their first inheritance, after they had crossed the sea, and all this because that Nephi was more faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord—therefore he was favored of the Lord, for the Lord heard his prayers and answered them, and he took the lead of their journey in the wilderness.
14 And his brethren were wroth with him because they understood not the dealings of the Lord; they were also wroth with him upon the waters because they hardened their hearts against the Lord.
15 And again, they were wroth with him when they had arrived in the promised land, because they said that he had taken the ruling of the people out of their hands; and they sought to kill him.
16 And again, they were wroth with him because he departed into the wilderness as the Lord had commanded him, and took the records which were engraven on the plates of brass, for they said that he robbed them.
17 And thus they have taught their children that they should hate them, and that they should murder them, and that they should rob and plunder them, and do all they could to destroy them; therefore they have an eternal hatred towards the children of Nephi.

There was no truth in the beliefs of the Lamanites. Lamen and Lemuel had taught their posterity, that they had been wronged in all areas of their lives. They taught them that they had been led away because of iniquity, they had had their rights taken away from them by their younger brother, they had their property taken from them, and more. Their children, did not know any better, and the traditions and beliefs continued through generations. All of this hatred and desire to kill the people of Nephi, came from taking offense for things that they actually were doing wrong. My understanding of offense, is that it is generally a way for Satan to convince us that the things we are doing wrong actually make us in the right. This is such a devious way to lead people away from God. If we find ourselves in a position where we feel we are being offended by another, we should first look to ourselves and see what is there. Perhaps the things that are said and done are truly not right or good, but when we look to ourselves instead of placing blame on them, we should find it within ourselves to be more forgiving of others faults and wrong-doings. If we do not do this, we run the risk of being the reason for many souls being lost through our own posterity.


1 Response to “Taking Offense”

  1. 1 marie December 13, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful gift the Lord gave you through the Spirit. You gave me a lot to ponder and inspiration to seek personal revelation of my own. Keep up with the good work!

    Greetings from Bogota, Colombia.

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