In order to live a happy, prosperous and productive life, it is important to develop a myriad of skills. One of the most crucial of these skills is the ability to “block off and ignore”.
As I mentioned in another article, one of the deadliest forms of attacks unleashed upon us by the enemy is the spiritual attack. It is such a powerful form of attack because it attacks the “thought center”. And the devil often uses real flesh and blood people as an avenue to carry out these attacks.
Most of us have already felt these forms of attacks. Someone has said something that is so unfair, so hurtful, or so downright stupid. You feel a need to retaliate, to set the record to straight, to approach this person and explain something to him or her. Or you feel a need to retaliate violently. That’s a trap. Don’t do it. That’s exactly what the enemy wants you to do: dig you deeper and deeper into the hole.
You’re also afraid that if you approach this person and try to set the record straight, things might spiral out of control because of the person’s low level of intelligence. It’s okay to get upset….for a while. As the bible so soothingly admonishes: in your anger do not sin, and don’t let the sun go down on your anger.
So what exactly is the solution? It’s the well-honed skill of “blocking off and ignoring”. Forget the person. Forget what they said. Say to yourself “I won’t think about this anymore”. When you pass that person in the future, imagine that you didn’t see them. Block off their words, and ignore their presence. That’s the power of blocking off and ignoring.
Eventually, this person may realize their mistake and try to make amends. Be nice, but don’t forget the past. Don’t go too deep again. Avoid too much chatter with this person. Remember God’s word: in a multitude of words, sin is not lacking.