“Be the bigger person! Don’t lower yourself to their standards!”
Aren’t you tired of hearing those phrases? I’m going to be honest and say that I do get tired of hearing them. So many times I have wanted to retaliate and just lay it all down with out considering the ramifications of what I really want to say, especially when you have been hurt. At this point in my life, I am thankful that I don’t have diarrhea of the mouth, blurting out anything and everything I could possibly think about. I can only imagine how many people would hate me and how many more problems I would have. But I do give props to those who can speak their mind. I guess it takes guts.
Usually when I want to let my mouth run wild, I’m mad or have been hurt. For the most part (not always), I take refuge in the word of God and allow my King to have full control over me because if I don’t, I’ll be defeated. I can say that the word of God (The Bible) has helped me through these times. It hasn’t failed me yet. Even if I begin to read it while I’m hurt or mad, I know the word will either put me in my place, teach me something, remind me of something and/or comfort me. During this time there might be a lot of eye rolling on my behalf, some sighing, maybe some tears but I definitely will get something out of it.
So why turn to the bible even when we could possibly have all the right in the world to speak our mind? If we allow The Word take it’s role in our lives, we will find resolution for our situation and if not, we will find peace of mind knowing God has our side. Colossians 1:10-12 says, “ 10 …so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you[f] to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.
Wow! He has QUALIFIED US to share in the inheritance! That alone stops me in my tracks to be the “BIGGER PERSON”. Reality is, to the world we may look like a weak link, a push over and maybe even a loser when we turn the other cheek. But the awesome thing is that in God’s kingdom, “the last will be first, and the first will be last.” I guess that’s what really matters.
One Life, One Way