We probably all have words that we can't stand to hear, those that give us that 'nails on a chalkboard' sensation when someone says one of them. Some of my personal 'favorites' are:
"Hubs", and its variation, "Hubby"
And any word to which an "uh" is added to the end when spoken. For example, Love = "Lov-uh" or No = "No-uh". (We used to refer to this speech atrocity as "Valley Girl" talk, but I have just seriously dated myself with that reference.)
Yet, as much as these words bug me, I believe my Number 1, 100%, most assuredly worst pet peeve word is: "Deserve". Yes, Deserve. Various dictionary definitions for the word "deserve" center around the idea that one is "qualified for" or "has claim to" something because of what he or she has done or because of some characteristic one possesses. (I can already feel the veins in my neck bulging as I type the definition).
But, why? Why does the word "Deserve" irritate me so much?
First of all, it's because we live in a world where people seem to feel entitled. Saying you "deserve" something is the equivalent of throwing a tantrum - or what we refer to in the South as a 'hissy fit' - because you want what you feel you have coming to you, you want what you "deserve"! The scripture in Ephesians (below) speaks against boasting about our own works -- and I would equate boasting to a tantrum. So, stop it already.
Secondly, as I see it, the concept of "deserving" is in direct opposition to what God has done for us. We are sinners. Saved by God's grace and mercy. A gift. That's it. We didn't earn salvation and we dang sure don't deserve it. And let's not forget that Jesus was perfect and did nothing, NOTHING to deserve what the world did to Him.
So, I would ask you (and ask myself): Do you really want what you "deserve"? You sure about that?
Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Source: https://www.openbible.info/topics/grace
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