DayBreaks for 09/30/11 – Insults Are Like Mud
A fool is quick-tempered, but a wise person stays calm when insulted. – Proverbs 12:16 (NLT)
What is your first inclination when someone insults you? There are those have pull a gun or a knife because they’ve been “dissed” (disrespected). Others throw a punch – verbal or physical. How we respond to insults shows a lot about our character.
The verses above (from two different translations) indicate that those who respond immediately are fools; while a wise person stays calm, and may overlook the insult entirely.
Think about it: what is your real motive for responding angrily to an insult? What is it that you usually try to do? I’d be willing to bet that you try to make them look foolish, or that you try to hurt them back as badly (or worse) with an insult than they hurt you. It’s human nature.
But that is the human nature in us, not the Divine nature of the Holy Spirit. Jesus was insulted yet like a sheep to the slaughter remained silent. Could he have spoken words against his accusers? Could he have made them look really bad? Sure – he could have started speaking about all their secret sins, their thoughts, he could have revealed everything dark and dank and sinister that they’d ever done in an effort to “redeem” himself and his own image…but he didn’t.
“My dear boy,” said a father, “take a word of advice from an old man who loves peace. An insult is like mud; it will brush off much better when it is dry. Wait a little till you both are cool; then the broken relationship will be easily mended. If you go now, it will be only to quarrel.” That is good advice for you and for me—patience will help bring about peace.
Are you a wise person or a fool? How you respond to an insult is maybe the best clue as to how much the human nature, instead of His nature, controls you!
PRAYER: We want to be wise, not just when insulted and wronged, but at all time, Lord. Grant us the wisdom that comes from above so we can act appropriately here below! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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