“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8
We’ve all had it happen at some point or another. Someone says something about us that isn’t true, or exaggerates something that you’ve said. There are people who assume what and who you are as a person, but they are completely wrong. There are others who simply base their opinion off of other peoples opinions without ever getting to know you.
We go through it. We deal with it. We move on. Sure, it hurts at first. But time heals all things.
There are those people in your life that you know to keep your distance from, because no matter what you say, it’s going to be taken the wrong way. Whether it’s jealousy, bitterness, unforgiveness, or simply pride — sometimes it’s not your character, but their heart.
I challenge you today, and everyday — when you find yourself starting to speak badly about someone, stop and ask yourself, am I speaking truth? am I speaking from emotion instead of logic? am I speaking from bitterness instead of a humble and loving heart?
For one day, you may realize, that it was your own heart that was wrong, not their character. And my goodness, what a wonderful friendship you may have missed out on.