Together in Christ: 'What Will I Overlook?' — Proverbs 12:16

Saturday, July 22, 2023

Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult.
— Proverbs 12:16 NLT

Key Thought

In a world of road rage, demand for instant justice, and a hair-trigger about being dissed, we desperately need to hear this truth. The fool in this proverb is the exact opposite of the person who is "quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry." [1] The fool in our proverb is certainly not the kind of person Jesus is trying to form us into becoming as a part of His Kingdom. [2]

So the question is: How do we "overlook an insult"?

Our answer lies in those we allow to determine our worth and value. If we have been baptized with Christ, [3] then God claims us as His beloved child with whom He is well pleased. [4] Jesus presents us to the Father and the hosts of heaven as "holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault." [5] God has promised to be with us and never forsake us, [6] so what can someone do to us by disrespecting us or insulting us?

As my dad used to say before I went on a date or out with my buddies, "Son, remember who you are, and more importantly, remember Whose you are. I love you!" Not a bad thing to remember in a world that keeps wanting to knock us down, drag us down and keep us down.

[1] James 1:19.
[2] Matthew 5:43-45; Romans 12:13.
[3] Galatians 3:26-29.
[4] Luke 3:21-22.
[5] Colossians 1:22.
[6] Hebrews 13:5-6; Romans 8:32-39.

Today's Prayer

Father, protect my heart from being overly defensive with insults or feeling that I must prove my worth to those who insult and disrespect me. I know Your love for me, Jesus' sacrifice for me, and the Spirit's work to transform me determine my identity, value, and worth. Slow down my response to insults so I can remember who and Whose I am! In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 3:21-22, 4:1-14
  • Romans 12:9-12


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Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.

'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.

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