We hear a lot lately about people being offended. And perhaps like me, you roll your eyes, shake your head and think, “Talk to me when you get a real problem.”
Then someone offends or insults me. Or maybe I just get my feelings hurt. And I’m abruptly reminded none of that feels very good. So, what’s a girl to do? I’m pretty sure I don’t want to stand before the Lord and answer, “But she started it.” Yah. No.
Well, is there any help found in the Bible? Does Scripture even address insults? Let’s take a look.
A Psalm of David shares this:
“If an enemy were insulting me,
I could endure it;
If a foe were raising himself against me,
I could hide from him.
But it is you, a man like myself,
My companion, my close friend,
With whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship
As we walked with the throng at the house of God.”
And, what is David’s response?
“But I call to God, and the LORD saves me.
Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress,
And He hears my voice.
He ransoms me unharmed from the battle waged against me,
Even though many oppose me.” (Ps 55:16-18).
Then in another Psalm referring to Christ we find:
“…and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.” (Ps 69:9).
So, God isn’t shaking His head wishing I’d stop being melodramatic. On the contrary, He’s fully aware of the bumps and bruises we suffer.
But, how should we respond? Thank the Lord, He gives us a marvelous example in 1 Peter 2:20b-23:
“But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it,
this is commendable before God.
To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you,
leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps.
‘He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth.’
When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate;
when He suffered, He made not threats.
Now you may be thinking, “Well, that’s easier said than done.” Absolutely. But isn’t that the very essence of the Christian walk? A righteousness is required that we simply cannot live up to. And in moments like these when we’re acutely aware of our shortcomings, we come before the Lord to find His help, healing and power.
“And He hears my voice.
He ransoms me unharmed from the battle waged against me….”