Reactions to Words

Proverbs 26:2b “A curse without cause shall not alight.”

I have read through the Proverbs dozens of times but last night this one phrase jumped out at me. My past thoughts on this particular verse were all about how God would provide me with protection from the negative words of the world. Marriage has made me question that position. There has been more than one occasion where negative words have been thrown in my direction and not only stuck and stung but hurt – BAD!

Now I understand that I play a part in this promise. The curse has no power when I am walking my right path. You can say what you want about me, but if I am in an intimate relationship with the Father and walking where HE tells me to walk then your words will have very little (I dare say no) power over me.

The discomfort caused by the cursing of others should be my wakeup call that I am not where I need to be. Instead of getting upset with the person or the words I have to choose to look in my own life to discover what I need to do to get back to that place of “without cause.”

The only time the words of others have any power over my heart or my attitude is when they carry the cord of truth in them.

What are you doing with the words you encounter?

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