Get the Stinger Out

You may or may not ever need this information, but read it anyway. According to Medline.gov., “To remove a stinger, scrape the back of a knife or other straight-edged object across the stinger. Do not use tweezers since it may squeeze the venom sac and increase the amount of venom released into the wound. Next, wash the site thoroughly with soap and water. Place ice wrapped in a washcloth or other suitable covering on the site of the sting for 10 minutes and then off for 10 minutes. If needed an antihistamine can be applied to help reduce the itching. Over the next several days the stinger site should be watched for signs of infection, such as increased redness, swelling, or pain.” 

You may live your whole life and never get stung by a bee or wasp, but you most certainly will need to know how to get the stinger out after an upsetting argument or a look or a word that you were hurt by. Just because a hurtful argument or incident is over, the emotional and mental stinger can still be there with swelling anger and irritation. Most people can’t brush off the sting of personal insults or condemning remarks. Getting the stinger out of the pointed words that tagged you several times can take minutes to days. But God would not have us to live our lives with the stingers still embedded into our hearts and minds. To remove those stingers inflicted in your heart and mind, you have to use the straight edge of faith in God’s Word. Pick a healing Psalm and begin reading and allow that sharpness of His Word to remove the stinger. Then wash your mind with uplifting songs of worship and praise to God. Completely cover the site of the sting with prayers of faith. If the stinging doesn’t go away, repeat steps until the emotional swelling goes down and the memory has been completely healed with God’s love.   

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8

”Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32

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