Jesus showed me how to play spiritual volleyball when someone hurt me with their words. It changed my life.
Before he showed me His example I kept my mouth shut when insulted or hurt. I knew it made it worse if I voiced how I was feeling. This created outward peace, but inward turmoil. Often words played on the stage of my mind, and erupted later at the worst time.
Then while I was reading 1 Peter 2:18-24 Jesus showed me what to do with these words. Jesus gave His example on how to deal with insults and pain. I read:
When he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not;
but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously... (1Peter 2:23 KJV).
"What does it meant to commit to Father God who judges righteously?" I asked. Immediately I saw this vision.
I saw myself throwing a volleyball up into the air so I could wham it over the net to my opponent. But when I hit the ball up it continued like a ballon straight up into heaven and disappeared. I never hit it across the net to my opponent.
I realized the ball represented my words. I was to speak honest words to the Father for Him to judge. I knew the words needed to get out of me, but not at my opponent.
Later a loved ones's words accused me and stabbed me, and I tried Jesus' example.
I spoke the words to the Father that I wanted to say to the person in front of me. Most of my words were not nice or Christian. They were honest. I concluded by saying I would like to hit the person.
When they twitched in front of me I laughed out loud. I was convinced that an angel had carried out the Judge's verdict, and agreed with me. I love taking my words to Father's court room and leaving them there. Although I don't always win I always walk away free with a fair verdict. Try it next time words hurt or injure you.