Freeing Your Heart
Forgiveness is the key to living with a free heart. The problem is that we are so easy offended and not so easy to forgive. The less offended we become, the less we need to forgive. The goal is to become unoffendable all together.
We start by forgiving everything that is in our heart. If any memories from your past makes you emotional, there is unforgiveness that needs to be released. Start releasing it, and continue forgiving unconditionally from your heart until there are no more memories that upset you. As we clean out our hearts, don't let anything else come in by being non-stick like Teflon - forgive and release right away.
We understand that unforgiveness turns into bitterness, and bitterness turns into anger. Anger prevents us from being in control of our emotions. The devil uses this to get us to react in ways we normally wouldn't. Take control of your emotions and actions by being free of anger and bitterness, and don't give the devil a foothold (Ephesians 4:27).
Next, we set our sights on being unoffendable. Offense will continue to happen, but we can choose not to get offended. One of the many gifts of the Holy Spirit is self-control (Galatians 5:22), we just need to use it. Lots of the things that offend us really are not that important after all, but at the moment it really upset us. Do not be bothered by things of this world that will distract you from what's really important, focus on things above (Colossians 3:1-2).
Offense is used by the enemy to separate us from God. If we hold an offense against another, God is holding offense on us and it separates us from the Most High. We need to reconcile our problems horizontally with others, before we can connect vertically with God (Matthew 5:23-24).
Don't be conformed to this world, be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2).