Confessions of a Pastors Wife ~ Sticks & Stones
Remember the childhood nursery rhyme we chanted when mean words hurt our feelings?
"Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me"
As kids we were quick to let it go and get pack to playtime, but as adults we have a tendency to take on the pain and nurse it.
How we answer an old-fashioned tongue lashing will determine the outcome, healing or injured. Many of us can relate to counterattacking but responding to anger with anger escalates the situation.
The most effective answer to meanness is compassion.
Paul taught us to be kind and forgive (Ephesians 4:32), to exercise humility, kindness, and patience with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of our love. (Ephesians 4:2-3) and Jesus said, turn the other cheek if someone slaps you.
The one striking out is suffering; compassion literally means "to suffer together". "Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you." (Luke 6:38)
A heart saturated in the Word of God and soaked with the compassion of Christ will overcome hardened exteriors of others. “I will show compassion to others, because my Savior first showed compassion to me”
(1 John 4:19)