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For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. I John 5:4 (NKJV)
For the purposes of our considerations this week, God’s will and ways will be referred to as His point of view.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways
higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:9 (KJV)
Have you ever heard the saying ‘take the high road’? It means to choose to do the right thing, even when it is not popular or easy. And it is one that epitomises what should be the way of the follower of Christ at all times.
Jesus taught, “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away”. Matthew 5:38-42 (KJV)
The Message Bible translation of this passage really drives it home.
Here’s another old saying that deserves a second look: ‘Eye for eye, tooth for tooth.’ Is that going to get us anywhere? Here’s what I propose: ‘Don’t hit back at all.’ If someone strikes you, stand there and take it. If someone drags you into court and sues for the shirt off your back, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it. And if someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.
Easier said than done, I know. But to live above is to choose to take the high road every time.
When that driver cuts in front of you and you almost hit another car trying to avoid him, you could choose to wind down your window and hurl insults at him; that’s the normal thing to do. Or you could choose to thank God that you didn’t hit anyone and let it slide. When your subordinate at work saucy comebacks get on your very last nerve, you could choose to give her a piece of your mind, or you could decide to take the high road, ignore her rudeness and patiently explain to her that your corrections are for the sake of the job and nothing personal.
Now here’s a classic example. Someone you’re in the same department with in church offends you over and over. You could choose to hold a grudge against the person or even give the same treatment right back. But no, that would be a resort to carnality – the low life.
We are each and all of us daily faced with numerous opportunities to allow our flesh get the better of us and react, retort, retaliate, hit back etc. But God’s point of view is that you always choose to take the high road, and your desire to will see His grace enable you every time.
Today is a gift; don’t let it go to waste.