Actor Will Smith shocked the entertainment world on Sunday night during the Academy Awards when he got on stage and smacked comedian and host Chris Rock in the face.
But it was his tearful and heartfelt apology and the advice from fellow Oscar-winner Denzel Washington that is turning heads.
WANT MORE ENTERTAINMENT NEWS? SIGN UP FOR THE PURE FLIX INSIDER EMAIL NEWSLETTER TODAY!
"Denzel [Washington] said to me a few minutes ago, 'At your highest moment, be careful. That's when the devil comes for you,'" Smith said during his acceptance speech for Best Actor in "King Richard."
"I want to apologize to the Academy and I want to apologize to all my fellow nominees," he concluded.
Washington's advice is steeped in scripture where believers are warned of the devil's influence and how easily we can be distracted and tempted.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. – 1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. – John 10:10a (NIV)
The joke that provoked Smith was directed at his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who recently shaved her head due to issues with the skin disorder alopecia. Rock jabbed "Jada, I love you, GI Jane 2, can't wait to see you." This sparked an immediate frown from Jada and that's when husband Will took to the stage. Will could be heard shouting from the audience immediately after for Rock to keep "my wife's name out of your mouth."
We can also look to the Bible to discern how to respond when we are angry and hurt:
“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. – Ephesians 4:26-27 (NIV)
But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. – Matthew 5:29 (NIV)
Photo Credit: YouTube
Other Must-Read Stories:
- 'GOD IS A GOD OF FORGIVENESS': ACTOR SHARES TIMELESS TRUTHS FROM UPCOMING FAITH FILM 'THE MULLIGAN'
- LIBERTY U STUDENT SURPRISES 'AMERICAN IDOL' JUDGES WITH DEEP VOICE & PLANS TO 'GLORIFY GOD' DURING HOLLYWOOD WEEK
- HOW FAITH, MUSIC & 'UNCOMFORTABLE CONVERSATIONS' HELPED GOSPEL SINGER MANDISA ESCAPE DEPRESSION
- 'NOTHING TOPS THIS AS A MOTHER': CANDACE CAMERON BURE PRAISES GOD AFTER HER DAUGHTER GETS BAPTIZED