Proverbs 12:16 Dealing With An Insult

Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult. Proverbs 12:16

There are people who like to throw out insults at others all the time. Sometimes they are just trying to be funny, but often are being rude and attempting to harm someone.

Getting insulted is something that is not just something that happens at a certain age or in a certain location, it is everywhere with everyone. Children start insulting other children and it continues all the way through their lives. Politicians are known for making statements that insult the opposing member.

Some people are insulted very easily. A person looks at them just right and they are insulted. Others do not get so easily insulted.

The real challenge is what to do when insulted.

People have left a church or a job because they were insulted. Friendships and marriages have been broken up because of an insult. Some have killed others because of an insult.

The most common reaction to an insult is to strike back. Whether physically striking or just being angry with a person, either way it is a type of a strike. This type of a person is called a fool by Solomon.

When a person is looking to what is best for the future, he will overlook the insult. That insult will be ignored.

Look at what Jesus went through as He was going to the cross. How many insults did they throw at Him? As they were insulting Him, what did He do or say? Nothing. He kept silent and kept going forward.

Striking back with an insult is only fighting fire with fire, evil with evil. You are told to love your enemies and do good to those who harm you.

In reality what harm is really being done if someone insults you? Pride might be hurt, but that is all. People who really know you, know the truth. God knows the truth about you.

Look to the future as to what God has in hold for you. How important is that insult compared to what God has for you? How long will that insult really last? Just a moment.

Do not allow your emotions get the better of you and strike back. Do not complain about that insult. Give it to God and move on with God. Pray blessings on the one who insulted you and see the change that can occur.

I pray today that you will know what God thinks of you; that God will strengthen you to overlook an insult; that you will keep from giving back an insult; and that you will show God’s love to those who insult you.

1 Peter 3:9 Paybacks

“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.” 1 Peter 3:9

In this world getting even with someone is very common and accepted. Everyone wants to pay back some for what was done to them. It is often looked as the saying in the Old Testament of “eye for eye, tooth for tooth”.

There are thousands of lawyers out there who are ready and willing to take someone to court to help get the desired payback. That someone can be an individual, a family or even a large corporation. It is always someone with some money. The idea is to hurt the person for some wrong that they had done. People will hire these lawyers to get back at that person.

Many other people cannot afford the lawyers, or just do not want to get even in the legal way. They will take matters into their own hands and fight back. Some will physically harm the person or business, others will slander them to harm them, while others will just ignore them. All of these ways are the same in getting revenge in a way to hurt them.

Peter states here not to repay evil with evil, but with blessings. Jesus had already stated that every believer is to love their enemies and bless them. This is the very thing that Jesus had done with His enemies when He was on the cross. He blessed them by asking the Father to forgive them. You were also included in that prayer.

If Jesus can pour out blessings on His enemies as He is being crucified, can you not give out some blessings on one who does wrong against you?

God may be using your enemies to help get you to the right spot at the right time. Think about Joseph and his brothers, if they had not done wrong to him, he never would have been a leader in Egypt.

Allow God to use whoever He wants to build you. Pray for those who do wrong against you and pray blessings on them, not curses. See what God can do for you and with them. It might amaze you.

I pray today that God will fill you with His love for your enemies; that God will strengthen you to bless your enemies; that God will use every wrong against you for your good; and that you will be a shining light for Jesus in this world.

Luke 11:45 Feeling Insulted

“One of the experts in the law answered him, Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us also.” Luke 11:45

Jesus was directly speaking to the Pharisees and other experts of the Law. He words were not very kind at all. They were very blunt and harsh words of rebuke.

He spoke on how they looked good on the outside, but were filthy inside. According to Jesus, they appeared to serve God, but was actually against Him.

This, of course, made some of them mad at Jesus. One decided to speak up about it. He directly told Jesus that when He said these things, He was insulting them. They felt that Jesus was just being mean by insulting them. They did not see what Jesus was really getting at.

The words that Jesus spoke were true. Yes, they were harsh, but stated to open the eyes of the Pharisees, teachers of the Law, and the people.

Many people do not like to hear some preachers speak, because they appear to be insulting or very harsh with them. The truth can be very harsh sometimes. Truth is factual with no other alternatives about it.

Truth will also often cut right down through to the bone. God’s Word is described as a two-edged sword that can cut very sharply. It will get to the meat of the matter. It will get past all the fluff.

God does love you. He also will speak loving words to you. But, God also loves you enough to speak the truth. He hates sin. He hates all sin, no matter how little or big it is. God can also see all the sins in your life. This means that no matter how good you look on the outside, He can still see the true inside of your heart.

When you are reading the Bible and something seems harsh and cuts you, listen to what God is saying. When you hear God speak through someone else and it insults you, ask God if it is true what is being spoken. Do not just be insulted, seek God in the matter. There may be some truth in what was said.

Allow God to work in your life and make you more like Jesus. Allow yourself to be changed. God does not insult just to be mean, He does it to get your attention back to Him.

I pray today that God will reveal areas you need to change in your life; that you will allow God to change your life; that you will seek God for the truth of your life; and that you will allow words spoken to draw you closer to God and more like Jesus.

1 Peter 3:9 Repay Evil With Blessing

“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.” 1 Peter 3:9

Every person has had someone do something wrong to him or insult him at some point in his life. In fact, most people could probably think of a person who has done some wrong to them within the last week. This does not mean a major catastrophic wrong, but still a wrong.

When someone does something wrong to you or insults you, what is the first thing you want to do? Most people will answer that they want to strike back somehow and make that person pay for doing wrong. Read the news and you will see everyday someone killing someone out of hatred because of some wrong that was done. People take one another to court every day to make them pay for the wrongs done.

The world tells you that it is your right to strike back. It is expected that when someone insults you that you will return another greater insult. Many story lines in movies are based on a person getting some type of vengeance on another person.

Peter tells you, in this passage, that you must not do evil or insult to one who has done evil or insult to you. On the contrary, you are to give that person a blessing. Most of you will immediately ask: how can I bless someone who is doing evil to me? Think about when Jesus was on the cross. As He was hanging there dying, He prayed God’s blessing of forgiveness upon all the people who had just hung Him there. He had God’s love for the people in His heart and mind. Jesus had you in mind when He hung on that cross. He hung there to bless you.

You need to have God’s love for everyone in your heart and mind also. With the love of God in you, you will be able to pour out blessings on those who have done wrong to you or insulted you. This is not an easy thing to do because it goes against your sinful nature. Remember that you are now a new creation in Jesus and He has given you His Holy Spirit to strengthen and guide you. Lean on His Spirit to help you give blessings and love those who hurt you.

Today ask God to help you love those who are hurting you. Ask God to give you words of blessings for everyone you come in contact with. As you bless those who harm you, you will inherit a blessing from God.

I pray that today God will fill you with His love for all people; that God will fill your mouth with blessings; that you will not try to strike back at anyone who has harmed you in any way; and that God will fill your life with many blessings.