Getting Under Your Skin

Have you ever been in a situation where someone has really tried to “get under your skin” (an idiom meaning “To annoy or irritate someone intensely”)? Or to “rattle you” (an idiom meaning “to make someone angry on purpose, often in order to make them seem silly)”?

This was the situation Jesus faced in Luke 7:36-50 when He was invited to a guy named Simon the Pharisee’s home for a meal, but when He gets there, He is completely snubbed.  There were no courtesies followed that a host normally would perform in that day and culture.  Today it would be like being invited to someone’s home for a meal without being asked to come on in, no offer to take your coat, no offer of a chair to sit in, and not being invited to come to the table for the meal.

It was all meant to humiliate Jesus, make Him angry and render His influence useless.  In this situation, Jesus simply ignored Simon’s behaviour.  He refused to give Simon the satisfaction of even commenting about this treatment.

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Image source “Daily Inspirational Quotes”

In life there will be people who will treat us rudely.  They will try and “get under our skin”. An anonymous quote reads as follows, “Show respect to people who don’t even deserve it.  Not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours”.

4 thoughts on “Getting Under Your Skin

  1. I have failed miserably there at times – I have got this colleague who is really irritating, chauvinistic pig who goes about irritating people, putting them down “as a joke”. I can’t help but flip at times. The day I behave well, I consider it a personal victory

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    • Thank you for sharing and for your honesty Prajakta. I think we all as humans tend to (or at least want to) lash back. It is so difficult to respond in a dignified matter, but when we do that it is indeed a huge personal victory. Thanks again for sharing! 🙂

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  2. It takes talent and sometimes requires “digging deep” into a person’s character, but good can usually be found with patience and kindness. Meanness and rudeness dissipates when retribution is absent.
    Thank you for sharing a message capable of making each of us a better person.

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