I have been thinking a lot this week about arrogance and those “finger pointing” individuals who enjoy belittling others and just love to be plain old “snarky”.
There is a such a harsh “sting to the heart” when the cruel words of someone else intentionally does a “verbal slap down” or shames you.
Usually it occurs when THEY believe that THEY are absolutely right or have “superior” knowledge, and that others are the “lesser” and are the wrong, big “dummies”.
This mean and sour arrogance which uses power to belittle or harm others is something that crushes and cripples hearts and dreams.
As a believer, our faith should not be arrogant — nor should a person of faith belittle others!
We should never use our faith to pretend that we are superior or more informed than others! NO! NEVER!
Belittling is a form of bullying! It’s when someone makes you feel as though you are little, minuscule, not good enough.
Arrogance is the opposite of humility, and humility is supposed to be a Christian virtue.
Jesus Christ who, in coming into the world and living and dying alongside of us, lived out what humility is.
You will never reach the place of honor or full use by the Heavenly Father, (and can actually be disqualified from many opportunities) until your insecurities and need to needle, belittle, compete with, or shame others is addressed, repented of – and buried!
Those who have the sickness of pride in their hearts speak of others’ sins with contempt, irritation, frustration, or judgment.
Pride is crouching inside of our meanness and belittling of the struggles of others. It’s cowering in our jokes about the ‘craziness’ of our spouse, the mocking of that ‘too sensitive friend’.
It may even be lurking in the prayers we throw upward for our friends that are — subtly or not — tinted with the color of exasperated irritation.
Sometimes, we use sarcasm to voice harsh words we otherwise would not say, often intentionally hurting others.
Once the pain is inflicted, however, we retreat, saying, “Oh, I was just kidding.” But the sting of our words hurts so much that those we have injured withdraw. Our words don’t feel like jokes at all.
Jesus’ words should be a warning to those of us who are tempted to use sarcasm as a weapon: “But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken,” Matthew 12:36.
Sarcastic remarks usually seem like “no big deal” to the person who makes them. But to the recipient, those words make lasting impressions that scar to the very core of the heart.
Many times, sarcasm shames a person, causing them to feel belittled and unworthy.
When shame takes root in the heart, it can cause disastrous behavior, because the person now feels worthless and seeks desperately to find anything that will make them feel otherwise.
Shaming others is a serious offense with serious consequences. Jesus said, “By your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned,” Matthew 12:37.
Are your words kind and constructive?
Do they desire to seek peace and unity, or are they driven by your fleshy desire to sting, aggravate, retaliate, tease, belittle, control, alienate, shame, and manipulate through sarcasm? YEAH… all of those HURT PEOPLE!
The enemy is camping out at the gate of your every relationship. Children, spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, parents, co-laborers and more.
He is lurking around every corner, seeking to find that one open crevice where he can enter. If he has been entering in and camping out in your home or relationships through the use of sarcasm, it is time to boot this verbal enemy out and lock the gate behind him.
Die to your need to be snarky and always the one with a chirpy, sarcastic comeback!
Allow Christ to show you His ways that love, peace, and compassion can be the source of every word that proceeds from your mouth.
“All of you, clothe yourselves with humility towards one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.’ Humble yourself then! Bow low under God’s mighty hand, that he may use you to the fullest at the proper time,” 1 Peter 5:56.
In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©
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Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others – all generations, careers or vocations to live expressing excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She’s a sought after keynote, inspirational, humorous speaker and teacher across the USA and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.