Ecclesiastes 7:21-22 Also take no heed unto all words that are spoken; lest thou hear thy servant curse thee: For oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others.
It is better not to hear what people say about you. If you listen you may hear your very own servant, friend, staff member curse you. But you best not be too quick to judge because you know that you have been known to do the same.
I am very guilty of listening too much and then thinking about it too much. It causes me to be discouraged and then I just sit and think about it making it far worse. Do you have that problem?
Words really hurt. When I was a child the saying was “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me!” That is a lie. Words hurt worse than sticks and stones.
Two lessons for me today. One is to keep my big mouth shut. I should not say hurtful things about others even if they are true because I know what it feels like when people do that to me.
Two I should not listen to all the things that are said about me whether good or bad. One will cause me to be lifted up in pride and the other will drive me to discouragement.
I really only have one person that I need to please and He loves me just like I am!