Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!”
When we read the story of Job we often forget that until he is stricken with physical calamity his wife had suffered as much as he had. She too lost her family and was in a time of mourning. All the evidence speaks of her as being a good and godly woman. She, alongside her husband had raised ten children who loved one another deeply and seemed to have a relationship with the Lord. When she cries out “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!” She is speaking out of the pain of loss.
While it might not work in the courtroom, in the church we must consider the emotions behind a person’s speech or actions. Sometimes an unkind word is spoken out of a wounded heart and an extra measure of grace should be extended. Sometimes a person’s actions are driven by pain, hurt, sorrow, fear, or an array of other difficult emotions. If we can consider one another we will be much more effective in helping to bear one another’s burdens and fulfilling the law of Christ.
Instead of allowing ourselves to overreact to the hurtful things another may say to us or about us we might want to consider what difficulties they are enduring that would cause them to say such a thing.