“When you talk, do not say harmful things, but say what people need—words that will help others become stronger. Then what you say will do good to those who listen to you…… Do not be bitter or angry or mad. Never shout angrily or say things to hurt others…. Be kind and loving to each other, and forgive each other just as God forgave you in Christ.”
Jesus was betrayed by one of his closest friends. He loved Judas. He poured his time and energy in to him. I can only imagine how Jesus felt knowing that his life wasn’t worth more than a little gold, to one of his absolute best friends.
David speaks about this as well. He said, “It’s not an enemy that taunts me, I could bear that. Instead, it is you, my equal, my companion and close friend.” (Psalm 55)
But how are we supposed to respond when people gossip, lie, or intentionally hurt us??
Every time someone has slandered me in some manner, God has told me to be quiet. It’s SO counterintuitive for us to NOT stick up for ourselves, or react in a similar manner.
We are not to repay evil with evil. We are to bless those that persecute us. (Romans 12:2, Luke 6:28)
The only recourse is to love them anyway, forgive them, and let them go.