Wounded by Words

by Max Lucado

Daily Christian DevotionalPeople insulted Christ, but He did not insult them in return. Christ suffered, but He did not threaten.” 1 Peter 2:23

Someone you love or respect slams you to the floor with a slur or slip of the tongue.  And there you lie, wounded and bleeding.  Perhaps the words were intended to hurt you, perhaps not; but that doesn’t matter.  The wound is deep.  The injuries are internal. Broken heart, wounded pride, bruised feelings.

If you have suffered or are suffering because of someone else’s words, you’ll be glad to know that there is a balm for this laceration.  Meditate on these words from 1 Peter 2:23:  “People insulted Christ, but He did not insult them in return … He let God, the One who judges rightly, take care of Him.”

Did you see what Jesus did?  …. He left the judging to God. He did not take on the task of seeking revenge.  He demanded no apology … He to the astounding contrary, spoke on their defense.  “Father, forgive them, because they don’t know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34)

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4 Responses to Wounded by Words

  1. wudneh says:

    I thank you very much for your devotion to teach us. It is very difficult indeed to forgive someone that wounded your heart. I have been struggling to change my mind to forgive the one who wounded my heart, but I can’t do it. As the scripture teaches us Jesus prays ”Father, forgive them, because they don’t know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34) revenge is set aside for God. We can not revenge any one who heart us. I learn so many things. Now with the help of Jesus, I completely change my mind and try to do good things to posses his mind.

  2. pamela says:

    I was having a bad day considering that my boss was testing my patience towards her attitude on how she manages people, being irrational most of the time. I was thinking of a prayer or words that would inspire me to be more patient towards her and as i opened my computer Jesus spoke to me as the devotional entitled “wounded by words”comforted me and I smiled because I know God exactly knows how I feel and what I am thinking.

  3. Margarita says:

    Thank you soo much. Having been insulted yesterday night, I didn’t know what to do and as soon as I arrived at my working place, I decided to check my mail to see what kind of advice-remedy you will offer me. Thank you soo much for sharing with us what there is in Scripture. A few years ago I probably would have found out that remedy myself, but now in this hectic life as ours with jobs, kids, family unfortunately I don’t have the time to read Bible and find answers to my burning questions myself. Thank you for doing it for us,

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