Pastor Mark Jeske
There’s a lot of negativity coming at you each day over which you have no control. You are going to be criticized today. Disagreeable people will drain energy from you. Someone will let you down. Something positive you hoped for will not happen.
But you can take a lot of trash out of your life by reducing the trash talk. And since you have complete control over your own mouth, that means you have the power right away to eliminate 50 percent of it: “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires” (James 1:19,20).
You bet it doesn’t. Venting your anger on someone else briefly feels good, because you think you gave somebody a piece of your mind, but now you’re worse off because the other person is plotting a nasty comeback and is going to hit you harder.
You will truly feel better inside if you don’t go off on other people. Have the self-awareness to know if your desire to retaliate is coming from your own insecurity or shame. Realize that some people’s trash talk is an attempt by a person who feels small trying to make himself or herself bigger. Jesus is your hero. He was an anger heat sink, absorbing injustice instead of seeking revenge.
You get more points from God for ending an argument than for trying to crush an opponent.
God designed you for more than you can imagine. And he gifted you uniquely to fulfill his incredible calling! Find out what your spiritual gifts are with the tools in Gifted for More by Dr. Bruce Becker.
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