Shrug it off

Posted: May 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

Story of the day:  Unpleasant words about you…what to do?

It can be difficult to shrug off things that have been said about you, and even more so when they insult God.  What if the people that inflict this type of injury on you happens to be your closest friend or family member?   When you hear words, unpleasant words, they can cut so deep that even a bandage of kind words doesn’t seem to stop the bleeding that has been inflicted upon you.  So what do you do in these circumstances?  Do you get back at the person by saying something about them?  Do you sulk and cry?  Do you________fill in the blank?   Absolutely not…

Martin of Braga wrote

“If you do not wish to become angry, do not be curious.  If you ask what is being said about yourself and uncover unpleasant words (even though these words may have been said privately), you only make yourself unhappy.

Those who are wise overlook many wrongs and often do not take them as such, for either they do not know about them or, if they do, they make fun of them and turn them into jokes.  To pay no attention to injuries is a mark of magnanimity.  The really great and noble soul listens to wrongs as securely as the larger wild animals hear the barking of small dogs.”  Jesus says it best  in Matthew 5:11, “rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in Heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Quote of the day:  Nick Harrison

“Our God is the God of peace.  Today, let the words of Jesus, “Be at peace with one another,” be your motto.”

Bible verse of the day:  Matthew 5:11

“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

It can be hard hearing people speak ill about You and me.  Sometimes I just want to say something back and I know that this is not Your Will for my life.  I pray to always have a soft spirit, willing to overlook things, and to remember that this is not my fight.  I pray to always lift people into prayer regardless of the wrong that I think I may have suffered and to give that burden over to You.  I thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

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