“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
— Matthew 5:11-12
Babe Ruth was nearing the end of one of his last full major league games. It was the Braves versus the Reds in Cincinnati. The great Ruth was no longer as agile as he had once been. He fumbled the ball and threw badly. In one inning alone his errors were responsible for most of the five runs scored by Cincinnati.
As the Babe walked off the field after the third out and headed toward the dugout, a crescendo of yelling and booing reached his ears. Just then a boy jumped over the railing and onto the playing field. With tears streaming down his face, he threw his arms around the legs of his hero.
Ruth didn’t hesitate for one second. He picked up the boy, hugged him, and set him down on his feet, patting his head gently. The noise from the stands came to an abrupt halt and a hush fell over the entire park. Both had melted the hearts of the crowd.
Everyone has critics; and everyone is a critic. But it’s amazing how showing love has the ability to calm criticism. So instead of being angry at those who insult you, love them. Not only can it silence your critics, but you can be sure you’ll be rewarded for your obedience!
Ask God to give you the patience to love others even when they criticize you.
Questions for Thought
How does knowing your true reward is in heaven help you have the courage to love those who criticize you?
Who are some people in your life who, though they may criticize you, you can love patiently?