Proverbs 19-21: Overlooking Our Offenses

There are some very worthy Proverbs to draw attention to in today’s reading. Specifically, 21:9:

It is better to live in a corner of the housetop
than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.

However, I feel compelled to address this one from 19:11:

Good sense makes one slow to anger,
and it is his glory to overlook an offense.

Why this one? Because it has some really glorious gospel implications for us. On the one hand, this verse is talking about how discernement leads to patience and the ability to overlook a wrong, but on the other hand, it is calling to mind certain passages from Scripture that teach us about what the death of Christ actually accomplished.

Think of what Scripture says about God’s anger. Exodus 34:6 says that God is abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, and He is slow to anger. So, good sense brings about this godly quality in us. Then we find out that we have all offended God, (Romans 3:23) by sinning and constantly falling short of His glory. And because He is slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love, He provided a means to over look our offenses. Read the verses following Romans 3:23:

…24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as ka propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

God provided Jesus as the “propitiation” (the sin bearing, wrath absorbing, substitutionary sacrifice) for us and on that basis, passed over our offenses against Him.

And then, to top it all off, Ephesians explains what it means to say that “his glory is to overlook an offense”. Read these verse from Ephesians 1:

In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.

God overlooked our offense against Him so that His glorious grace might be praised. John Piper rightly reminds us that the glory of God is most greatly displayed not in the sunset or the diversity of humanity, or the complexity of a cell, but in the blood-stained cross of Jesus Christ, where God overlooked our offense against us and showed us the extent of His great patience, mercy and grace.

It is His glory to overlook our offense.

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