Words that Hurt

27 Sep
Do people speak evil of you?
Are they justified in doing so?
If not, you are not alone:
Be not silent, O God of my praise!
For wicked and deceitful mouths are opened against me,
speaking against me with lying tongues.
They encircle me with words of hate,
and attack me without cause.
In return for my love they accuse me,
but I give myself to prayer.
So they reward me evil for good,
and hatred for my love.
-Psalm CIX.1–5
One way of combatting those words of malice is through prayer. Pray to the God of the bible in your anguish. Pray for peace. Pray that you would find contentment in Jesus despite the hateful words. Pray for the souls and attitudes of those who speak ill of you. Give yourself to prayer when they return hate for your love. And above all else, remember that Christ Jesus—fully God—humbled himself by becoming a man; he died a gruesome death; and even worse, “He who knew no sin became sin for us,” and took the wrath for those who would believe in him. He did this all out of love, to the glory of God. The people returned that love with cruelty, hatred, jealousy, mocking, scorn, flogging, embarrassment, and crucifixion. Take comfort in knowing that your Saviour suffered in the same way, only much worse, for you.
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