No one likes to have mean things said about them – especially when they are not true. The flip side to help keep it all in perspective is that we’ve all been loose with our tongue and have said hurtful things about one another.
Not long ago while at work I read an email I shouldn’t have. The email said something derogatory about me. Since I was not supposed to read it in the first place defending myself was out of the question. For some reason, this thing hit me a little harder than usual. Not only had I never met the person before, but I had just spent considerable time on the phone going ‘above and beyond’ trying to help them. It affected me so much that I had to leave the office and find a quiet place to regroup.
I put my head down and just told God, “It hurts”. I cried for a little then, seeking some comfort, opened up my Bible to Proverbs 26:2. “Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest.” He never ceases to amaze me! Why a Holy God who dwells in unapproachable light would condescend to comfort a wretched woman like me, I’ll never know. But He did. And I know He will do it again.
That was all I needed to hear. I picked up my purse, walked back to my office, and went back to work. Who can lay a charge against God’s elect? Has someone said something bad about you? Don’t worry. Put your faith in Christ and the sovereignty of an Almighty God who has power and authority over all creation.
“However, the Lord your God would not listen to Balaam but turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the Lord your God loves you.” (Deuteronomy 23:5)