Let no corrupt speech proceed out of your mouth, but only what is good for building others up as the need may be, that it may give grace to those who hear. – Ephesians 4:29, WEB

There are words that can easily hurt us. Those who say it may not even have any intention to offend us, but we are offended just the same. Such words cut through the heart, makes its way uninvited, and leaves much pain and tears.

They may open up past memories we’d rather forget or wounds we thought were already healed. They seem to say how broken we really are, and how unworthy we are to be accepted for who we really are.

When these words come, place them at once upon God’s hands. Only by passing through His merciful hands can the pain they caused bring healing, forgiveness and peace. Only by letting Him cast His light upon them can we see what gifts they bring beyond the tears.

May God show us what wounds still need healing. May He strengthen us so that instead of bitterness, we may have more compassion on those who weep. May we clearly see how by His love, we become worthy, beloved and whole.

My pupil, have great love for those who cause you suffering. Do good to those who hate you. I answered, “O my Master, You see very well that I feel no love for them, and that troubles me.” Jesus answered, It is not always within your power to control your feelings. You will recognize that you have love if, after having experienced annoyance and contradiction, you do not lose your peace, but pray for those who have made you suffer and wish them well. – Jesus to St. Faustina

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