My impression: This person is being negative and insensitive.
I chewed on that thought as a cow chews its cud—chew, swallow, bring it back up again, repeat. As the day wore on, that cud was tasting bitter. After lots of chewing, I decided to focus on truth: This person loves me and wants me to grow.
Get rid of all bitterness, passion, and anger. No more shouting or insults, no more hateful feelings of any sort.
Ephesians 4:31 (GNT)
We can choose our “food for thought.” We can choose what we chew on. Careless words hurt us, and people offend us; but we don’t have to chew on that first impression. We don’t have to believe the first thing we feel.
Our first impression isn’t always right, and what we feel isn’t always the truth. Before we believe a first impression, let’s dig down and find the truth.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: “Harboring bitterness against people is actually confessing their sin to myself, over and over again.” —Paul David Tripp
How can you change the conversation in your own mind so that you can let go of bitterness and see the truth?