Sometimes, Lord, the words that we hear from Jesus, from your Spirit, from your Book, and from those who speak your Word hurt us because they challenge us at the point of our most cherished assumptions about you, about us, about others, and about life.
Give us the maturity to face the fact of our wrongness and of our need for correction.
Give us the humility to accept your correction and to assimilate needed positive change in our lives.
Give us the perspective to be more concerned with how our words offend you than we are with how your words offend us.
“Then he called the crowd to him and said to them, ‘Listen and understand; it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.’ Then the disciples approached and said to him, ‘Do you know that the Pharisees took offense when they heard what you said?’” (Matthew 15:10-12)