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Unoffended


"It is to your glory to overlook an offense"

Proverbs 19:11


Easier said than done. But God seems to have a thing for having thick skin. There are quite a few verses about not putting too much stock in people's opinions of you, rather to concern yourself with how God sees you. I'm reading Ecclesiastes right now and there's a surprising amount that confuses me. Even so, this jumped out at me this morning:


"Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you..."

Ecclesiastes 7:21


How much happier we would be if we let a few of the words said around us slide? Especially at home. I could name a few small humans in my household who say things that were better left unsaid. Part of it is maturity; it takes some growing up to learn when to keep your mouth shut. But some of it is just plain old "over sharing." Letting everyone know your every opinion. There are a good plenty verses in the Bible about being slow to speak for a reason.


Not paying attention to every word uttered around or about me keeps my focus on God's opinion of me and not everyone else's.