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Fragile Stickers - #2632
A lot of times we handle people roughly in reaction to how they handled us. But Jesus calls us to do pro-active talk, not reactive, not treating people as we were treated by as we want them to treat us, and treating them, not as they have treated you, but as Jesus has treated you.

Flowers While they Can Smell Them - #2855
The people in your personal universe are people in desperate need of regular encouragement. How are you doing in giving it to them? Some of us came from a background where there was little praise, little encouragement - so it's hard for us to give what we never got. But you of all people should know how much it hurts not to get it. Ask the Lord to give you eyes to see the positive in the people around you, and the words to tell them.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Family Infections - #4436
Every family has them - those germs that get passed around the family. And they're not all the kind you go to a doctor for. The most virulent, most damaging family infections of all come from moral germs, spiritual germs, some of which have infected generations and are in the process right now of being passed on to yet another generation.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Trampling on a Masterpiece - #4627
Social scientists tell us that our kids need seven positives to come back to zero after they have heard just one negative. We never forget the names that we're called by a parent, or things we are accused of by a parent. I'm sure you haven't forgotten. Every time you fired careless words at your husband or your wife when you're tired, or you want to win or you want to get your way, you've been ripping a person God is trying to build.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - The Chain Saw in Your Mouth - #5037
It's almost as if we have this verbal chain saw in our mouth that keeps cutting people we care about. It may be that you've been doing this for so long you hardly even notice how destructive some your words are. But the people who are hearing them are not only noticing your words, it's quite possible they'll never forget them.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Get in the Game! - #4011
I can't help but wonder if Jesus isn't trying to say that to some of us. Maybe to you. "Get out of the stands and get in the game!" The "game" is His work on this planet - in your church, your community, in some ministry, in trying to help some people you know be in heaven with you.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - It Stings - But it Disinfects - #5304
In some ways, the closer the person is to us, the harder it is for us to receive critical feedback from them. Like from our spouse, for example. But those are the comments we should give the greatest weight to, because this is someone who really loves us and someone who knows us well.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Bullets You Can't Get Back - #3957
Our angry, or reckless, or critical words are bullets - and it's all too easy to pull that trigger. In fact, it takes the help of God and our personal discipline to keep from firing off a round of wounding words. But once you pull that trigger, there's no way to get that round back. Long after you've forgotten what you said, that person is still feeling the hurt of it, still hearing it over and over again in their heart. The words take a moment; the wounds can last for years.

How should a Christian respond to hatred and hostility?
Seeking to follow Christ will often lead to being wrongfully criticized and hated. How should Christians respond when hatred, anger, and persecution are directed at them?

Criticism: Seven Ways to Deal with It.
You can't stop criticism, but you can control how you deal with it. Here's help...