“When exposed to varied scenes in life, and words are spoken that are calculated to cut and bruise the soul, speak to yourself: ‘I am a child of God, an heir with Jesus Christ, a co-laborer with God. I must not therefore have a cheap mind, easily to take offense, always thinking of myself, for this will naturally produce an inharmonious character. It is unworthy of my noble calling. The heavenly Father has given me my work to do; let me be worthy of the trust.’” Our Father Cares by Ellen G. White
As I read this passage, I thought about the many hurtful words that I have given and received throughout my life. Yes, the power of the tongue has the ability to wound or to heal, to tear down or to build up. When we are placed in a situation as the receiver, we should choose to turn and walk away. When we have chosen to be the giver, we should stop and pray immediately. There are times when we are placed in precarious situations due to no fault of our own. Mentally raising the white flag in retreat and foregoing retaliation is our best and only godly option.
The disobedience of Adam and Eve led to discord, disunity, and the division of human beings that exist even today. Hurtful words are extremely painful; how we react is even more important than focusing on the bitter words. We must pray, forgive, rise above the incident and focus on our status as a Child of God. Once the seeds of anger and resentment are planted in our hearts, we have put aside our status as Christians-Christ like and given ourselves to serve under the rule of Satan.
“Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. They must turn from Evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer.” 1 Peter 3:10-12
God was already aware of the impact of His created beings falling into sin. Even so, we have the Word of God and prayer to invite God into our lives when we experience hurt. Trusting in God to take care of every painful situation enables us to experience spiritual growth as we draw closer to Him.
Prayer for today: Dear God, I have been hurt and I have hurt others by speaking devastating words. I ask you to forgive me and to help me move forward in my relationship with you. Amen.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz