I pray this may help you if anyone has ever spoken negatively into your life.
The bible says in Proverbs 18:21The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
How can a statement or word impact us? When we were children, we all chanted "Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me" right?
The truth is that words hurt the worst, and leave the biggest scars and wounds.
I was told just a few years ago "You are bad at building relationships". I had always felt that i was pretty good at building relationships, so to hear this from a close friend-it was a sting deep into my heart, and has remained a scar that bleeds from time to time. These types of statements stick with us, and become rooted and grow if we are not careful. The enemy loves to use these things to distract us and cause hurt and pain.
I was confident enough in who i was(and am) in Christ to know that this was a lie from the pit of hell, but i still remember the deep wounding that statement made. Why are we who are in "THE Church" so harsh to one another?
If you are hurting today from anyone else's lies and statements about you, or if there are lies and rumors going on about you behind your back, know this; You needn't defend yourself! You know who you are in God, and as long as you are about YOUR business with Him, the persecution is welcome, and really, should be expected!
Romans 12:19 says Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, i will repay, says the Lord.
That is a strong text. "Avenge...Wrath" WOW.. wrath is strong word, I don't wish God's wrath on ANYONE. The reality is that He loves those that persecute us as much as He loves us. It's hard to see that from our human perspective.
The next time someone says something about you(whether to your face or elsewheres), let the Lord fight for you. He is a caring father who will defend your honor at the appropriate time. More often than not, when someone says these things, they are struggling with the very issue they accuse you of, and perhaps, just maybe, the Lord will use that to surface in their lives that which He wants to work on in them.
Be blessed today, and know that your Father loves you and delights in you. You are His workmanship (Ephesians 2:10) and you are Wonderfully and Beautifully made (Psalm 139:14)