I believe this is one of the most overlooked concepts in all of our scriptures - and I think it is addressing a fundamental outlook or orientation of reflexively seeing people with scorn, trying to catch people in iniquity even if it means seeing iniquity when none exists, and looking for ways, often subconsciously, to find offense in what they say. I believe we all need to be aware of this temptation and find a way, through active and intentional effort, to avoid fitting the description."... the scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off: that make a man an offender for a word..."
I said the following in another thread, which prompted this post:
I try hard not to make people offenders for their words when I can rephrase what I think they meant in words that are acceptable to me. It requires me to slow down, not reject their words automatically or reflexively hang onto a negative initial interpretation, and take the time to reframe those words - but it brings an understanding and appreciation that is hard to gain in any other way, and it helps me keep the internal peace that is important to me.
It can't work in every situation, since some statements simply are offensive to me, but that number decreases significantly when I take the time and effort to understand through a charitable effort of rephrasing.