How to Respond when People Say Hurtful Things

Most people have experienced people saying hurtful things to them at one point

or another especially while dealing with sickness; life-threatening, chronic, special needs.

Some of these range from:

“Everything happens for a reason.”

“Pray and God will heal you if you have more faith.”

“Just get over it.”

“It could be worse.”

“Did you cause him/her to be in a wheelchair?”

“God only gives you what you can handle.”

How do you even respond? Of course, you could say something mean like:

“What a horrible person you are!” 

The Bible calls each of us to forgive those that hurt you, but sometimes 

the words still hurt deeply.

Here are some ways you can maybe respond in a Christian way:

1. Pray for them.

2. Educate them. – Tell them that your child is beautiful and amazing.

3. Smile at them. – It is said that a smile softens a mean heart.

4. And if all else fails, ask them to apologize to your child and explain they

hurt your child. Explain that words hurt your child too. But be nice about it.

Do you have any other ideas on how to respond? 

Of course, the above ideas are only suggestions.

And remember that words can hurt, so be careful about what you say.

Your child is amazing… Your child is special… And your child is worthwhile…

Don’t allow anyone else to ever tell you otherwise.


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