Mean people spread mean gossip; their words smart and burn. 28 Troublemakers start fights; gossips break up friendships. Proverbs 16:27-28
Sometimes people aren’t very nice…
We get those selfish moments where we are either supersensitive and we take everything too personal or we’re just the opposite, too calloused, and we fail to realize that we’re being a jerk. It happens… far too often for most of us.
It’s important during these glitches in our humanity to:
- shut up – don’t complain, moan & loathe or, on the other hand, brag, defend or belittle. Be careful not to use your blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc to manipulate or implicate. then,
- get alone with God & His Word. – seek the absolute and total truth and be willing to obey (repent, forgive or both). And, finally,
- always give others the benefit of the doubt. – seek the best, believe the best and smile through it (relying on the reality of God’s saving grace to ripple across your face).
Yeah, people will still be mean…
But, we can be better. It’s a daily choice. When pity comes looking for you, turn it around. When hate jumps upon you, shake it off with joy. And, even when praise shines upon you, don’t bask it it’s glory but simple say thanks. Learn to take it each in stride, refusing to be controlled by any of them.
Look how Proverbs 16 ends:
Make your motions and cast your votes, but God has the final say. v. 33
becoming nicer, chilly
Q: how do you handle your ‘not-so-nice’ moments?