Matthew 7:13-14 (HCSB) 13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it. 14 How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it.”
When someone does you wrong or acts dishonoring to you, for instance: cutting you off on the highway, a hurtful Facebook post, a crude Tweet, a rude comment, or a backhanded compliment, you want revenge right away.
Believe me, I have been on the receiving in of every single one of these and some that is way more hateful than anything listed above, and in some cases…okay most, I reacted poorly.
I have grown so much through life experience with Holy Spirit guiding me. He has taught me about taking the narrow road, some call it the high road. From this, I have learned that these tiny battles of annoyance, frustration, or whatever are all in God’s hands and He will show me which to choose and which to move on.
It is true some battles are worth fighting. As Winston Churchill once said, “Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
I believe that is Biblical truth as well, but I also believe in the part we like to leave out, “except to convictions of honor (sorry, I’m American) and good sense.”
When a person acts dishonorably toward you or doesn’t use good or common sense, we want to throw it right back in their face, but dishonor should never be met with dishonor. That only causes an escalation in the circumstances and the consequences. Your honor will disarm dishonor.
That is a truth that Jesus is trying to convey in the above passage. Acting dishonorably is easy, but being a person of honor is someone who will develop life experience, from which he gains knowledge, which turns into wisdom.
The Bible says in the Book of James 1:5 (HCSB), “Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him.”
I believe that if we take that narrow road and take a step back before reacting out of anger, annoyance, frustration, etc, that God will bless us and He will help in times when we do need to take a stand.