(Person) said that (person) thinks (opinion) about (thing/person). I feel (negative emotion). What should I do?
1 Corinthians 13. Love assumes the best. What’s the best possible outcome? What the best they could be trying to accomplish? What’s the least dramatic possibility? Believe that. Love assumes the best.
Such a great condensation of the issue.
The fear of rejection only exists because we base our selfworth on the opinions of others rather than our relationship with God. Most of those who are critical of us are actually people who have a poor self-image themselves. They avoid the pain of how they feel inside by finding things wrong with other people and concentrating on their imperfections. Hurting people hurt people. It may help you to remember this truth when you are experiencing rejection or criticism. No wonder God tells us to pray for our enemies. They are in much worse condition than we are!
The mansion of my soul is narrow; enlarge it, that You may enter in. It is in ruins; repair it.
Refusing to gossip is a beautiful decision to make. It not only creates richer friendships but, more importantly, it makes our relationship with the Lord more authentic and believable. We honor God when we honor each other.
Self-expression is a poor excuse for rudeness, fits of anger, cynicism etc. Let’s display Godly virtue at all times and not tolerate evil in ourselves.
My soul is tired - full of weary ambition // But my God abounds - full of overcoming rendition.