Over the years I have observed and learned that hurting people hurt other people.
People look for someone to blame when something in their life doesn’t work out. Most of the time, you will notice that they become very defensive and critical. You will be on the receiving end of their rants on social media or even in person. They will use their tongue or pen or words in print to try to hurt you.
Have you noticed that you can have fifty positive things said about you and one negative comment, one disloyal friend, one unkind word or one bit of criticism about something can make your whole attitude change? That one word, action or inaction of a person can change your entire demeanor and put you in a terrible mood. It’s so easy to allow hurting people to hurt us.
Do you have any critical people in your life?
Have you experienced some unfair criticism lately?
There is no shortage of people who want to line up and take shots at you, especially if you are doing something. Aristotle said, “if you don’t ever want to be criticized, then say nothing, do nothing and be nothing.”
Most of us pretend that it really doesn’t bother us to be criticized but deep down, we know that it really does.
Do you remember the little song we sang as children, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” That is not true…words really do hurt!
Remember that critics do what critics do, they criticize! Don’t allow the critics to steal your joy. Don’t allow the fickle opinions of people to dominate your thoughts.
Do you deserve or warrant some criticism? Of course, we all do.
Learn from the small truth but remember that people’s opinions or words about you do not define you. God’s opinion and words DO. He loves you in spite of all of your faults and failures. Trust His good opinion of you.
Zephaniah 3:17 says, “The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
Remember that hurting people hurt other people.