The Last Word

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 20

Gold Nugget
Verse 3: 
It is honorable for a man to stop striving, since any fool can start a quarrel.” 

Often people will accuse another of having to get the last word, as a way to get in the last word. We seem to relate the last word as the winning word. It is difficult to walk away from a quarrel. When others accuse you, it is instinctive to defend yourself, but not always the wisest approach. Jesus said in The Sermon on the Mount, Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.” Even though people will not admit they are attacking you because of your commitment to Christ, if you are being attacked because of the choices you made as a result of your commitment to Him, they are attacking you because of Christ. If they go around lying about you and you choose to take the high road by holding your tongue, you will be blessed of God for your self control, humility and obedience.

Jesus went on to say in The Sermon on the Mount, “Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Not every attack is worthy of a defense. Let God fight your battles. If you are innocent and wrongly accused, remember who the Judge is and trust that their accusations can only go as far as He allows. Today’s “gold nugget” says, It is honorable for a man to stop striving, since any fool can start a quarrel.” Don’t worry about getting the last word. It takes more discipline to walk away from a fight, but God is a rewarder to those that obey this principle. Any fool can start a fight, but a wise person will end one.
Lord, it has been so hard choosing to stay silent as people lie against us, but I know you are in control. Thank you for reminding us of this and giving us the strength to stay faithful . Amen

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