Psalm 37:39, 40 – The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; he is their stronghold in times of trouble. The LORD helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.
Loser. Annoying. Cry baby. Not worth the time. Words that can cut to the bone. Though it hurts immensely when someone speaks cruelly to your face, it may be that all the while they are hiding a hurtful monster inside because of their past. How you are spoken to as a child can remain buried inside. It may be that the one hurting you is just trying to make themselves feel better and it has nothing to do with you. How do we escape feeling so deeply bruised inside, and try to understand what is really going on? Remember that though God cares for us, he also cares for the verbally abusive person. I’m not saying that we’re to become someone else’s punching bag. This takes wisdom and discernment. Something you may not have when you are the person being hurt. Ask God to show you what you can say to stop the abuse, but leave the door open to show compassion to the life of another.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.