Have you ever felt stung by another person’s comments? Perhaps they said something that felt cruel, unwarranted, inappropriate, or offensive?
Often these comments catch us off guard, seem to come out of nowhere, and leave us wondering, “What happened?” We may be left reeling with turbulent emotion on how to respond.
The first place I like to go when this happens is into my prayer chamber to listen for a response that brings healing.
If feeling stung, it helps me to remember that human pride, ego and self-righteousness are what feel stung. The child of God is never stung by evil comments. The child of God is always safe and secure in God’s Love, and no mortal inaccuracy can ever change that. So, rather than rise in self-indignation and react with an offended human ego, I pray to humble any mortal mind influence over my thought and be sure my attitude and response is aligned with healing Love, rather than reacting in defense of self-righteousness.
Reacting with pride and ego adds fuel to the unwanted fire and allows the carnal mind to take control of the situation. As the Bible reminds us, “A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare” (Proverbs 15:1, NLT).
If we’re looking for a healing outcome, we can master the “sting” of the surprise by staying humble, then discern words of wisdom that respond in a way that masters the situation rather than succumbs to it. We can move the interaction toward a positive outcome that blesses everyone.
For good results, avoid reacting with anger and out of control emotion. Respond with wisdom and love. Master the situation.