Sometimes it’s unsolicited. Sometimes it’s because of something you said or did. Sometimes it’s a response to something you posted…
An insult is hurled at you!
It happened to Yeshua the Messiah often. They called him…
A drunk (winebibber)…
They accused him of being possessed by a demon.
He was mocked the night before He was crucified. He endured all that foolishness for us.
And, He warned us that we would be treated the same way too for speaking up for Him…
John 15:18-25 (NIV)
18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’[a] If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.21 They will treat you this way because of my name,for they do not know the one who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father as well.24 If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. 25 But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’[b]
So, what do we do when someone insults us? Do we insult them back?
The Lord made it very clear what we are to do…
1 Peter 3:9
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing,because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
We are to bless them.
“God bless you.”
“Peace to you.”
“I love you with the love of Christ!”
Even though it’s not your intention to offend them, it usually frustrates people when you respond to their insult with a blessing. The demons that are provoking the insult get irritated, just as they got restless when Yeshua, Jesus, approached them in the Bible.
Matthew 8:28-29 (NKJV)
28 When He had come to the other side, to the country of the [a]Gergesenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way. 29 And suddenly they cried out, saying, “What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?”
After blessing them, pray that God softens their heart to His love, will, and word.
And remember this…
Matthew 5:10-12 (NKJV)
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.