STOP AND THINK – When people hurt you over and over, think of them like sand paper. They may scratch and hurt you a bit, but in the end, you end up polished and they end up useless. (Chris Colfer, actor, singer, and author)

You have probably run into someone who “rubbed you the wrong way.” People hurt people with words and innuendo maybe more than by physical mistreatment. How do we respond to such verbal abuse? Words do hurt, but Colfer’s advice is helpful. If you can respond quietly and without anger, you’ll recover quickly and the offending person will likely hurt more.

Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. . . . Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. (Luke 6:28, 30)