The words and actions of other people are a reflection of them, not of us. (Jesse Deloe, writer)

We’ve all learned that the old saying that “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is simply not true. Words do hurt, but Deloe’s idea is helpful. The hurtful things said and done to us are very often the outpouring of another’s own hurts and needs. So, it is a good practice to heed good advice but ignore hurtful insults.

The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain; the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions. (Proverbs 10:11)