21st August 2013

Life Is Too Short For Our ‘Last Word’

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
Proverbs 15:1 (NIV) 

How annoying is it when someone has the last word in an altercation?  You know you are right, no question about it, which is why you have defended your position so vehemently.  Just when you think you have explained your point of view adequately and eloquently, the other person responds with intelligence and reason.  You are not happy, seething in fact.  Stop right there and ask yourself a question—“Is life too short for this confrontation?”  Come to that, is life too short for any contretemps?  Final words often cost you precious relationships as the words spoken are remembered and hurt the most.  Should we waste time on vying for the last word?

Christians accept that God is the giver of time.  So why do we waste that gift in disputes?  What is God’s perspective on the time that He gives man?  In Luke 12:25-26, Jesus asks “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?”  This is God’s perspective and it makes sense.  Life is precious in all its forms so why waste it squabbling, fretting and worrying?  Jesus told us, “life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.” (Luke 12:23)

A kind gentle response, as suggested in Proverbs 15:1, is a wonderful way of maintaining friendships and reminding yourself that life really is too short for anything that will distract us from our great God. The ‘last word’ will be, and is, God’s. He tells us in Revelation 22:13, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”  Who is going to argue with that?

Prayer
Loving Father, thank you for the ‘Word’ that is our Saviour, Jesus.  Help us to follow His example of humility and love for our fellow man.

Amen

Study by Irene Wilson

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irenewilsonAbout the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone:  01923-855570
Email: george-sue.henderson@tesco.net

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One Response to “21st August 2013”

  1. Ian Woodley on August 27th, 2013 7:30 am

    Hello Irene
    As I read your article, I thought to myself “how true” – thank you for the reminder that life is far too short for all of this!
    Great Article!
    Kind Regards
    Ian

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