The Gift of Insults

There once lived a great warrior. Though quite old, he still was able to defeat any challenger. His reputation extended far and wide throughout the land and many students gathered to study under him. One day an infamous young warrior arrived at the village. He was determined to be the first man to defeat the great master.

Along with his strength, he had an uncanny ability to spot and exploit any weakness in an opponent. He would wait for his opponent to make the first move, thus revealing a weakness, and then would strike with merciless force and lightning speed. No one had ever lasted with him in a match beyond the first move.

Much against the advice of his concerned students, the old master gladly accepted the young warrior’s challenge. As the two squared off for battle, the young warrior began to hurl insults at the old master. He threw dirt and spit in his face. For hours he verbally assaulted him with every curse and insult known to mankind. But the old warrior merely stood there motionless and calm. Finally, the young warrior exhausted himself. Knowing he was defeated, he left feeling shamed.

Somewhat disappointed that he did not fight the insolent youth, the students gathered around the old master and questioned him. “How could you endure such an indignity? How did you drive him away?”

“If someone comes to give you a gift and you do not receive it,” the master replied, “to whom does the gift belong?”


4 Responses to The Gift of Insults

  1. George onyango says:

    Wow its touching but stil i ask myself wht gift do i recv en whch do i refuse its a chalnge 2 mi en athas

    • inuliwa says:

      Hey George,
      The gifts that we should accept are the true and correct corrections,rebukes or even thanksgiving. People may tend to flatter you with good words but they don’t mean what they say, also they may correct you but out of hatred or insecurity. We should be very careful what we feed our mind with, for example the old master realized that the young warrior wanted to insult him and anger him but he ignored it and he never became angry and the young warrior lost his battle. So we should be careful with what other people tell us we should judge and contemplate on what they say and then we will be able to know why they said so. We need to ask for wisdom and the Lord will give us because i know its not easy to be insulted and just to let go of the insults. James 1:5″If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

      • virgie says:

        its true we should not take the insults in our hearts but ask God to shield us such that we do not store them in our heart but to let God take control of the philipians 2;3~4 says do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit,but in humility consider others better than yourselves.Each of you should look not only to your own interests,but also to the interest of your altitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.

  2. Muriendas says:

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    God bless!!!