Have you ever suffered from hurt feelings? Maybe someone said something you found offensive, or another person didn’t follow through with fulfilling a promise, or you feel misunderstood by others? Whatever the reason, there is a way to prevent hurt feelings from happening in the first place.
Dissolve human ego!
It’s human ego that feels offended, and the human ego is an enemy, not a friend, to demonstrating harmony and peace in life.
Human ego is weakness. It is the belief of a mind separate from God, operating on its own in its own little world, and subject to offending forces from others.
It’s self-love, self-righteousness and pride that get offended, and these are evils that every conscientious Christian strives to conquer and be no part of.
In Truth, there is one Ego, God. God is the one Mind reflected by all of creation, including you. The one Ego is Love and has only thoughts of Love to dwell on and express. It never beholds evil, never thinks evil, never holds a grudge, complaint or ill-will. The one Ego is never offended, and never has any reason to be anything less than loving, generous, patient and understanding.
There is no selfishness in the Ego of Love, nor any self to defend. There is only God’s Self, expressed as God’s allness. And God can take care of Himself without any help from a so-called human ego.
As one identifies with the one Ego and thinks on how the Ego expresses itself in love and truth with every thought and action, that person is less likely to be offended. They will be quicker to see the good in others, quicker to keep the little ego out of their conclusions, and swifter to offer points of view that bring healing, rather than division, in their relations with others.
There is no need for hurt feelings. They are not necessary. No matter what might come across as offensive, divine Love is bigger. The Ego of Love can see past the offense to the goodness of God at hand to remedy that offense and bring out justice. As Jesus said to his enemies that ruthlessly nailed him to the cross, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34, NLT). Jesus harbored no hurt feelings. He knew better. He released all human ego, went higher to the Ego of Love, and found eternal rest above the human fray.
“I, or Ego. Divine Principle; Spirit; Soul; incorporeal, unerring, immortal, and eternal Mind”
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 588.