How to Claim Truth from Sarcasm

The inscription of the charge written against Him was: The King of the Jews.

Mark 15:26

 

Today I was turning to a passage in my new Bible when something caught my eye. In Mark 15, the words “The King of the Jews” are pulled out, put in all caps, and bolded, like this:

 

THE KING OF THE JEWS.

 

I was right in the middle of another train of thought, but these words leapt out at me and stopped me with these thoughts: That was supposed to be sarcastic, but how true it was. How true! They were making fun, but He was the real deal, exactly what they said of Him. He IS the King of the Jews, of us all.

Then I thought of Joseph in Egypt, that moment when he said, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”

These two ideas combined in my heart to form this thought: Just as God can work actions intended for harm to His glory, He can work words intended for harm into His truth.

We can let the sarcastic comments of others—and ourselves—clutter our spirits for hours, or days, or years.  We can take on the anxiety of false claims, or realize that in reality these harsh words can reveal nuggets of truth.

 

Consider the truth in these sarcastic thoughts:

Ugh, I can’t believe I forgot that permission slip! I’m the best mom ever.

Yes, you are the exact mom God chose for your children. You are the best mom ever for them… even when you make a mistake. You are the real deal.

 

I’m bulging out of this dress. I can’t believe I’ve let my weight get out of hand, again. Yup, I’m just gorgeous.

You are gorgeous. You’re a beautiful creation of God; He sees your beauty, in and out. And you can start treating yourself like God’s beautiful daughter, by dressing in things you love and eating healthily.

 

I never got around to making that meal for my friend when she had her baby. Some great friend I am.

You are a great friend, the kind who shows love to others. It’s never too late to show kindness. Make a meal now. Or offer to babysit instead.

 

The next time you have a sarcastic thought about yourself, flip it over. Use it to seek the truth. Take the next step to embrace that truth—the truth that you are a cherished daughter of the King.

 

Lies to fight: In this case, any sarcastic thought about yourself.

 

Thought Shot: I will flip that. I claim its truth today.

 

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:5

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