Rise Above — April 5 Devotional
“Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing (NLT)”
Annie had no idea the ripper was lurking in wait. Jacqueline stalked, waited and slashed. She cut Annie down, then disappeared into the darkness—never to be seen again.
“What did I do to deserve this?” Annie bemoaned while pressing her hands against her chest. Though wounded, that which poured forth was not blood, but the tears of her heart. For the ripper’s tool of torment was not a blade, but the instrument of her tongue.
I am sure you’ve felt the slash of the ripper’s blade. We all have. Myself—just the other day. The same was true for my friend Annie. Our respective rippers lurked, slashed, then vanished into the void of cyberspace.
Both Annie and I asked, “Who are these people who felt the need to attack?” As for me, the ripper’s words hurt only a bit. More painful, however, was the “like” that followed from one whom I’ve considered a friend.
Proverbs 18:21 says our words have the power of life or death. We can choose, moment-by-moment, to be the ripper or the healer. Wisdom says, “Choose wisely!”
Ordinary people do and say things without forethought. But following Jesus isn’t ordinary; it’s a reframing to see ourselves and others though God’s eyes. It considers Annie, knowing firsthand the pain of cutting remarks. Reframing rises above the hate with healing words of love. The choice is yours. Who do you want others to remember you for being?
Pray this: “Lord, help me remember what it feels like to be cut-down by the ripper. Remembering my pain, use my voice to heal others with the love of your Son.”