It is so tempting to be swayed into conflict! Give my tongue the opportunity and it will surely deceive me and lead me into deep waters so full of despair, successful navigation is not even a possibility. 

Trusting and knowing God is in control and that ALL things are working together for my good is more satisfying though than even considering opening my mouth. And being reminded to pray for those who I am set against, even in a slight manner, is more therapeutic than any soapbox I might climb on top of in my own strength – even if the soapbox IS to profess Christ to the masses!!

It’s in these moments that I realize it’s  His strength that enables me to resist the temptation to speak words that would, in the end, bear fruit of division instead of restoration. And it’s a pretty powerful feeling of being in control – even though it’s God’s control, not mine.  It’s the ironic part of Christianity that I love. To die is to gain…