Friday, April 20, 2012
HURTFUL WORDS BREED HURT FEELINGS
When someone hurts you with insensitive comments you can choose to dwell on it, get back at them, get angry or try to prove yourself. None of these really brings out the glory of the Lord. All in all it is best to just let it go whether you are right or wrong. Anger festers up and before you know it a relationship is on the brink of destruction. The best advice is to move on and let it go. If not, bitterness can take over. Trying to 'prove your point' or 'defend yourself' is sometimes just not worth the cost in the long run. The only person you have to account to anyway is God.
James 1:19-20 reminds us "My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this:Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. For man's anger does not bring about the righteous life God desires." Commit that verse to memory as it is so pertinent in all sorts of relationships from the boardroom to the bedroom. Anger only makes one sick inside. If someone is trying to get you into a verbal battle just remember what it says in Proverbs 15:1 and that is "A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger."
You do not have to prove you are right or wrong to anyone. Try to do all in your power and with God's help to maintain peace. Psalm 34:14 says " Turn from evil and do good and seek peace and pursue it." Above all put on love for whoever it is who wants to engage you in verbal battle.
PRAYER: Lord often times it is hard not to want to lash out and get back at those who have been insensitive and hurt me. I know that the enemy would love me to start a argument or put down the person who has hurt me. I ask Lord you give me the ability to love my enemies and pray for them. In Jesus name. Amen.