What to Do When You’re Insulted

The Fine Art of Not Taking Offense

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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Hurling insults has become common practice in our society. Common, perhaps, but rude, nonetheless.

To insult means to speak to or treat with disrespect or scornful abuse. The disrespect doesn’t have to be verbal. It could come in the form of a stare, as we witnessed in the recent Chicago situation where a young man attempted to stare down a police officer. There is a right way and a wrong way to express our grievances. A polite way and a rude way. 

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Another word for insult is offense. All of us at some point will be insulted. So, what should we do when we are insulted?

Here is what Scripture commands us to do:

1-Turn the other cheek. It is pointless to resist one who insults you. Doing so will only serve to instigate him more. Instead, obey Christ’s command in Matthew 5:39: “But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also.” In other words, don’t retaliate.

2-Return good for evil, blessing for curse. Jesus said, “Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you” (Luke 6:28). When we bless those who mistreat us, we are pouring water on the devil’s fire.

3-Do not take the insult personally. Insult can stem from jealousy, anger, discontent, real or perceived injustice, and feelings of inferiority, among other things. Whatever the cause, remember that we are not wrestling against people, but against demonic forces that instigate people to do wrong. For this reason, we can hate the sin but love the sinner.

The next time you are insulted, do not take offense. Instead, remember Peter’s admonition in I Peter 3:9: “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”

Deflect insults with love. Your reward will be God’s blessing on your life.

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How to Empower Your Life for Blessings

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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Your tongue programs your heart.

Your heart determines your life. 

Scripture tells us that the mouth speaks what is in the heart (Luke 6:45). If you want to know what is in your heart, listen to what you say.

If you do not like what is coming out of your heart through your mouth, then change what you speak.  It is a cycle: heart / tongue / heart / tongue / heart /tongue. The cycle starts with the heart but is broken with the tongue.

Your tongue is the programmer of your life (James 3:1-9). Give it words that will set the course of your life for the blessing, not the curse.

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How to Discover Your Unique, God-Given Dream in Life

Answer Two Simple Questions


“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines

the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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God created you with a built-in dream.  Your dream is your purpose.  It’s up to you to discover what your dream is.

 

What's Your Dream Concept

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How will you recognize your dream? By answering two simple questions:

1) Does this activity give me great joy in the doing of it?

2) Do others give me feedback that this activity is blessing them?

When you can answer both of these questions affirmatively, you will have discovered your dream.

Once you have discovered your dream, it is your responsibility to follow it.

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