Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult. Proverbs 12:16
I've always thought that the ancient adage "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me" is a little overstated. Harsh words, name-calling, and insults sting, especially when delivered by individuals we thought we could trust. Being insulted, especially by a stranger, is never pleasant.
As a result, our natural tendency is to defend ourselves and respond to an insult. People shouldn't treat us like that, we think, and in most circumstances, they shouldn't.
But, this adage suggests the reverse. Why? Why would it be stupid to react angrily straight away and prudent to ignore an insult? Wouldn't that merely encourage people to continue harming us and others?
To be clear, it is critical that inappropriate and harmful behavior is appropriately addressed. But, this does not imply that the appropriate response is to respond in kind.
Recall Jesus, who the prophets predicted would be "despised and rejected... He was despised, and we held him in low respect, like one from whom people hide their faces" (Isaiah 53:3).
Because he knew who he was, what he was sent to do, and how much the Father loved him, Jesus was able to ignore hundreds, if not thousands, of insults, jeers, and rejections.
Can we do the same thing?
Father, help me to live in your love and remember who I am in you, regardless of what others say. Please assist me in finding strength in you. Amen.
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