Another school year was about to begin. Mrs Kause and Mrs Mers were preparing files, name tags for the desks, lessons plans, and bulletin boards.
They would be working in adjoining rooms and the opportunity to get to know each other was welcomed by both.
The previous years, Mrs Mers had been in another part of the building. She had been part of a team, teaching with her daughter.
What a wonderful experience for her to see her daughter teaching the younger children she loved so much. Sue had such energy and potential. It was a double blessing for Mrs Mers to pass on the love she had for students, to a daughter she loved and had confidence in. The reward was one any mother would understand.
As this year began, she wanted to be a help to Mrs Kause also, encouraging with out interfering, so she suggested they meet a few minutes each morning and pray together for their students.
Three months into the school year, they had seen many results of answered prayer.
One afternoon at a teacher’s meeting the subject was approached by their principal, to work with parents and co-workers with an understanding heart.
He was admonishing each teacher to become involved with the needs of others, but cautioned to be careful to maintain confidential relationship when privileged information was shared.
Sue had always been a very out-spoken person. Honest opinions could be expected from her by those who asked. If you needed a job critiqued, she was the person to ask.
Mrs Mers mentioned to her how many prayers were being answered, as a result of she and Mrs Kause praying each morning together. Perhaps it was jealousy or just words spoken without thought but her response was not expected.
“Mom, I really don’t need to hear about your gossips sessions with Mrs Kause.”
The statement that was so insulting it cut her to the very heart.
“Honey, I don’t think we ever talk about whom we pray for, so how can you consider us gossiping?”
“Well, many well meaning Christians discuss, so called, needs of others under the guise of Prayer, and I just don’t want to even hear about it.”
Mrs Mers was so insulted she was speechless. Not seeing it as an attack from Satan instead of her daughter, the next morning she told Mrs Kause that she had been accused of gossip, and that perhaps they should discontinue meeting before school to pray.
Looking back, she realized that the insult was taken far more personal than it should have been and that Satan had won that battle because of the offense felt.
God tells us in psalm, “Great peace have they, which love thy law and NOTHING shall offend them."*
Often we are offended most by those we love. Many times they are not even aware of the insult given. Or was as a quick thought and never meant to hurt but once words are spoken they can not be taken back.
There is a two-fold lesson in this experience. God's word tells us "the tongue is an unruly evil, no man can tame."*
As a Christian, the first thing we should do is set a guard upon our words. Pray about what we say, and how it will be understood.
Second If you are insulted, we need to search our own heart. Ask yourself if it was given unjustly. Then if so, ignore it. If not, correct it, then forgive in your heart.
It is the forgiving that will heal. Pray God will make you the blessing to that person you were offended by.
Forgiveness is always the answer to an insult.
* Bible KJV
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