Putting People Down

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Putting People Down

Putting people down for whatever reasons is never cool or acceptable. Trying to make others look inferior in order to somehow, in a feeble attempt to make yourself look superior, is wrong. To bully is a display of your own inadequate understanding of the love God has for all people and also an exhibition of your lack of clarity concerning your own messed-up-ness!

Because of our out-of-whack, sinful natures, it is so very easy to be condescending. It comes so naturally to put others in their place. Negative talk about others flows from our hearts to our mouths with such ease. This is why in James 1:26 & 3:5, we are given these warnings: “Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.” “Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.”

In fact, our undisciplined derogatory speech is such a problem for so very many, we are given many insights and admonishments in the Bible. Such as:

An excellent reminder: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Philippians 2:3-4

A warning: “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” Luke 6:37

Good advice: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”   Luke 6:31

Remember what God has done for us: “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”  Ephesians 4:32

Maintain a proper perspective of yourself: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”  Romans 12:3

This is why we were given two ears and one mouth: “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”   James 1:19

We’re all in this together: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  Romans 3:23

Honor rather than put down: “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”  Romans 12:10

Get over yourself: “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.”  Romans 12:16