Word 4U Today

SMACKED DOWN

SMACKED DOWN

Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will… stamp on my heart with lead boots.

So how do you just get on with your life with a size-ten studded footprint in your soul? Well let’s take a look the Son of God, giving sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf and raising children from the dead – and what thanks does He get? During his time, he was essentially referred to as ‘Devil child!’ ‘He’s possessed – by Satan, no less!’ Huh.

Yet Jesus refuses to back down. He continues to heal and help. He knows what He is here for and nothing will deter Him from it. When you know what you’re here for, you’ll do the same.

People are entitled to their opinions but it doesn’t mean they’re right.

Yes, they can mock you. But between you and God, you know the truth.

Jesus didn’t try to look good; He was good. He didn’t try to be truthful; He was truth. Despite leading this blameless life, He still faced insult. His followers did too, and they followed in His steps: ‘The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name [of Jesus]’ (Acts 5:41 NIV). Words are important and they can hurt. But. God’s words about you are true, and as you go through day to day life, you can probably see why it’s worth having them handy.

What Now?

A tough one today. If you’re being insulted or accused by people – pray for them. Pray blessings for them. Why? Because it’s the Jesus way. (And it’s a pretty powerful one.)

‘…If you suffer for doing good … this is commendable’ 1 Peter 2:20 NIV

Joy Ferdiz

July 11th, 2014

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