Today I felt insulted and embarrassed by words that may not have not been said to make me feel that way. I have to admit that even at my age it’s not easy to respond with grace for the offender. I have rehearsed several versions of a response to this person and each time I am gently reminded…
And now dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8 NLT
Don’t say “I will get even for this wrong.” Wait for the LORD to handle the matter. Proverbs 20:22 NLT
Thankfully, the way He handles things is not the way we would. His way is much better than ours and is not done with selfish intentions. If we heed to his word we are allowing him to take the lead. We won’t see or hear the things we have rehearsed and played over in our heads come to reality when we hand it over to him.
We are told
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21 KJV
We are all familiar with this verse. The message here is for us to BE INTENTIONAL with our words. We take for granted just how much power our words hold. A simple hello or kind word can mean the world to someone who may be depressed, lonely, or hurting. A harsh word can also be detrimental to those same people even if they were not intentionally said to cause pain.
Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything. Proverbs 13:3 NLT
Even though we can learn to control our words, we CANNOT control the words of others. What we CAN control is our thoughts. WE have to BE INTENTIONAL with our thoughts as well.
Sometimes applying the Word can just be tough because we have to get over our pride and give up control, but if we want a really clever response to hurtful words we start with BEING INTENTIONAL with our thinking.