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Offense Takes Away Your Voice & Causes Havoc

By Eryka T. Johnson

Have you ever sat and wondered why offense causes so much pain? One minute you are fine and the next you are so mad you could scream. Or could you? It’s interesting that instead of offense causing you to speak out against it while in rage, you typically will build walls that trap you inside and take away your voice. In today’s article we are focusing on the #1 thing that offense does – take away your voice – and the plan to put a stop to it.

Offense comes with the sole purpose of taking away your voice…the one that is totally separate from the pain!

Your voice is the source of your power. With your voice come the words that create what you want to see in life. And, they typically spill out from what’s in your heart…as the Good Book tells us “out of the abundance of the heart…the mouth speaks.”

Personally, I’m a sound believer in making confessions and speaking positive words over my life.  Any given day, you may hear confessions from me like… 

  • I am a trendsetter
  • I will raise up an army of women who are confident in their own skin & abilities
  • I take risks most are afraid of
  • I am valuable as a woman
  • I have gifts and talents that are of value and are in demand
  • And the list goes on…

This is the point…when you are angry, defeated, depressed, and lonely because of offense, you are either silenced by these emotions or you speak words that do not bring life. Your way out is speaking what you want to see in your life!

To put a stop to the destructive ways of offense, you must practice forgiving quickly. The other week, I wrote an article on The Secret to Forgiving and Moving on Quickly. In essence, it talks about how to forgive quickly.

When I’ve been offended, the first place I feel it is in my heart. My chest tightens and it seems like I’ve picked up some type of weight. I immediately say…”Father, I give up the right to hold this against ___. I choose to forgive now. In Jesus name, Amen”

What happens? The weight lifts, my conscience is clear, and I move on. 

Don’t try to shield yourself by building walls. Also, don’t allow offense the satisfaction of taking away your voice.

I would love to hear your thoughts. Please respond below.