This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: 2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV)


Today I am delving into our insatiable desire to have the last word.

We’re continuing our series on control, and one way to lose control is with our tongue. We’ve all been in contentious situations before. Some situations allow us to pray beforehand while others can happen in an instant. You don’t see it coming and before you know it, you’re caught up in a back and forth exchange where you feel you must have the last word.

In fact, this just happened to me while shopping at Target. The cashier opened a new lane, and of course several shoppers made a beeline to the newly opened lane. One lady complained about her place in line, so a man allowed her to go ahead of him. She then turned to me and said, “I should be ahead of you too.” Then she cursed me.

The back and forth exchange commenced. In an instant, I allowed myself to be pulled into her field of negative energy. Although I didn’t curse her, I still lost control as I was intent on having the last word.

Peter also lost control of his actions when he slashed off the ear of one of the men who came to arrest Jesus. Sometimes, taking a stand can feel like a show of strength. Yet true strength isn’t determined by who spews the last word. True strength is resisting that pull into a negative space and rising above the need to be right.

As it is the Lent season, give up your desire to have the last word. As you think about that, remember these words: “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self control.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV)

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So today, don’t get pulled in.