We all know what it feels like when others appear to attack us in something they say. I immediately feel the hair standing up on my neck…the adrenaline starts flowing…and I want to defend myself. I want to set the record straight. I want to defend my integrity. And honestly, I usually want to hurt the attacker.
Perhaps an offensive move is best in a personal defense situation, but it is rarely the right move when others say things that hurt us. Here are two great examples of a well-postured response:
I just found this discussion from a twitter link. Wow. Thanks for all of your concern about my soul, my reputation and my witness. Please continue to pray for me because wisdom is sometimes elusive. The teacher in me has to reach out and help with proper biblical and life view points for some of you.
First, None of this is any of your business nor is it your problem, however in an effort to teach I have always been overly transparent. So I will try to help.
And he covered the topic in great detail AND humility!
She’s tweeted something nasty about me? That’s because she doesn’t know me. I’m awesome!
The next time you feel attacked, take a deep breath and think through your response. Don’t allow your instinctive reaction to win. Look back over these examples and decide not to play into their hand.
Thanks for listening.