Most of us remember the scalding days of childhood and any name calling that pursued us. That’s why I find it funny that now people don’t mind being called “tweeps” (people who use Twitter) or “nerds,” which used to be a derogatory term but now infers clever techies.
My dad used to say that sticks and stones could break your bones and words could never hurt you. I’ve begun to think that whether words hurt us or not depends on the meaning we give them and the attitude with which we hear them.
What if let this verse be our guide for comments we do not like?
You know that you have been taught, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” But I tell you not to try to get even with a person who has done something to you. When someone slaps your right cheek, turn and let that person slap your other cheek. If someone sues you for your shirt, give up your coat as well. (Matthew 5:38-40, CEV)
Prayer – Father, it’s hard not to take offense, to always forgive…but then you know that already, don’t you? Amen.