Words: Part Two

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. (Robert Fulghum, author)

But, they do: words can hurt deeply. Here’s good advice when someone speaks evil of you: Try not to take things personally. Life coaches Marc and Angel Chernoff write, “Even when it seems personal, rarely do people do things because of you, they do things because of them.” Perhaps, you can forgive and forget and try to speak kindly to your critics. It will surprise them!

A gentle answer deflects anger (Proverbs 15:1).

Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them (Romans 12:14).