HOW TO RESPOND WHEN SOMEONE INSULTS YOU (~”Eff You!๐Ÿ–•๐Ÿฝ~”Bless You!”๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ)…

Sometimes itโ€™s unsolicited. Sometimes itโ€™s because of something you said or did. Sometimes itโ€™s a response to something you posted…

An insult is hurled at you!

It happened to Yeshua the Messiah often. They called him…

A glutton…

A drunk (winebibber)…

Crazy…

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 โ€œIf 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: โ€˜A servant is not greater than his master.โ€™[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: โ€˜They hated me without reason.โ€™[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.

โ€œGod bless you.โ€

โ€œPeace to you.โ€

โ€œI love you with the love of Christ!โ€

Even though itโ€™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, โ€œWhat have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?โ€

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 righteousnessโ€™ 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.

Respond to ‘Eff You!” with ‘Bless You!’

BE BLESSTIFIED!

IF YOU BELIEVE IN SCIENCE, YOU CAN BELIEVE IN GOD (HERE’S A PERFECT EXAMPLE)…

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My Be Blesstified definition of  SCIENCE is: Our attempt to give a physical explanation to a spiritual world.

For example: The Law of Conservation of Energy, one of the basic accepted laws of physics…

Energy can neither be created nor destroyed, but only transferred or changed from one form to another.


That being said, please consider this…
If you can accept: No one can see energy.

You can accept: No one can see God.

Colossians 1:15 (NKJV)

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

If you can accept: Energy wasn’t created.
You can accept: God wasn’t created.

Psalm 90:2  (NKJV)

Before the mountains were brought forth,
Or ever You had formed the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.

 

If you can accept: Energy can’t be destroyed.
You can accept: God can’t be destroyed.

Isaiah 40:28 (NKJV)

 28 Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the Lord,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable.

If you can accept: Energy is power.
You can accept: God is power.
Revelation 19:6
  (NKJV)

And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, โ€œAlleluia! For the[a] Lord God Omnipotent reigns!

If you can accept: You can’t see energy…only evidence of its power.
You can accept: You can’t see God…only evidence of His power.

Romans 1:20 (NKJV)

20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,

If you can accept: Energy can be transferred from one form to another. It can be separate but whole.
You can accept: God was transferred to the form of a man, yet remained one God.

John 1:14  (NKJV)

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

Philippians 2:7  (NKJV)

but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.

In my opinion, The Law of Conservation of Energy unintentionally gives a physical explanation for God. I think it actually defines God.

If you can accept The Law of Conservation of Energy….

You can believe in God.

If this blessed you, you might also enjoy…GODโ€™S GRAVITY

BE BLESSTIFIED

IF YOU CAN HOLD IN YOUR ‘ANAL’ OUTBURST YOU CAN HOLD IN YOUR VERBAL OUTBURST…

In our society today, many people consider blurting out exactly what’s on your mind equates to strength and assertiveness.

How many times have you wished that you could have some visceral response back and ‘unsay’ some words that you released?

Many people claim that…

“I couldn’t help it!

“I couldn’t hold it in!”

“I just had to say it!”

In doing so, many people have embarrassed themselves or ruined their name, reputation, career, relationships or sown discord and driven a wedge between close friends or relatives.

Or, worst of all we can ruin our testimony for Christ.

Sometimes it’s best to just HOLD IT IN!

The same people who say they can’t hold in their verbal response will hold in their flatulence.


No one is going to blurt out a loud, smelly fart that will embarrass them in public.


Holding in the hot air that comes from your mouth and behind both take the same level of restraint!


Even the word of God tells us that it’s best to sometimes ‘keep it to ourselves’…

Proverbs 13:3
The one who guards his mouth preserves his life;
The one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin
.

Proverbs 21:23
He who guards his mouth and his tongue,
Guards his soul from troubles.

Proverbs 17:9

He who covers a transgression seeks love,
But he who repeats a matter separates friends.

James 3:1-12

My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a [a]perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. 3 [b]Indeed, we put bits in horsesโ€™ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things.

See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of [c]iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of [d]nature; and it is set on fire by [e]hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the [f]similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? 12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? [g]Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.

As we ask God to help us to guard our tongues, let’s remember that SELF CONTROL is a Fruit of the Spirit.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

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