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PostSubject: Reckless Words   Sat Oct 10, 2015 11:56 am

“When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats. Instead, He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly.” 1 Peter 2:23

I had been driving for almost half an hour when my niece suddenly wailed from the backseat. When I asked, “What happened?” she said her brother had grabbed her arm. He claimed he had grabbed her arm because she had pinched him. She said she pinched him because he had said something mean.

Unfortunately, this pattern, which is common between children, can show up in adult relationships too. One person offends another, and the hurt person shoots back a verbal blow. The original offender retaliates with another insult. Before long, anger and cruel words have damaged the relationship.

When we trust the Lord, we don't need to use words as weapons. The Bible says that “the words of the reckless pierce like swords,” and that “a harsh word stirs up anger” but “a gentle answer turns away wrath” Proverbs 12:18; 15:1. And sometimes not answering at all is the best way to deal with mean or cruel words or comments.

Matthew 24:41-43 explains how the religious authorities used their mean and cruel words to provoke Jesus when He was hanging on the cross. In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked Him. “He saved others,” they said, “but He can’t save Himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let Him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in Him. He trusts in God. Let God rescue Him now if He wants Him, for He said, "I am the Son of God." Jesus’ obedience to fulfill God's salvation plan even unto death through such horrific suffering without utterance of any verbal retaliation offers us the ultimate inspiration to respond to people who offend us.

Insight: When we trust in the Lord, we don’t need to use words as weapons. A soft answer has often been the means of breaking a hard heart.

Reader's Prayer: Dear God, please give me self-control through Your Holy Spirit when I am tempted to retaliate with words. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

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