"But I'm right!" I've thought this so often lately. Just last night in fact. And yesterday morning. And the day before that.
Feeling right about something and not having someone agree with you can lead to frustration. It can lead to feeling misunderstood. And it can be just so incredibly irritating that the other person doesn't see something that is just so obvious.
I'm a black and white person, I told myself last night. I'm right and they're wrong. Justification is so easy, isn't it?
But I felt the soft conviction of the Holy Spirit last night as I was laying in bed as He asked, "What does it matter?" My heart sunk.
Just earlier in the day I had listened to a beautiful teaching where the teacher asked, "Where are you right, but getting Jesus wrong?" How easy it is to fight to be right, fight to get our way, thinking we're justified, when really, we're serving our own ego, our own selfishness, our own version of the truth? How often are we serving ourselves, our own intellect, our own opinion, rather than serving Jesus?
Maybe, friends, maybe being right doesn't matter as much as being kind. Maybe being right doesn't matter as much as showing compassion for where someone else is coming from. Maybe being right doesn't matter as much as joining Jesus in offering forgiveness, even where it might be "undeserved." Maybe being right doesn't matter as much as loving one another past our differences.
Whether it's your husband, your children, your parents, your siblings, your friends or coworkers or neighbors, whether it's someone with different Christian doctrine, or someone with different ideas about life or parenting or politics, ask yourself, what does this really matter? Is it helpful? Is it kind? Is it going to make a positive difference? And if I succeed in "winning", who does it serve?
Because the Jesus we serve says, "Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest...for your souls. For my yoke is wholesome (useful, good--not harsh, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne." Matthew 11:29-30 AMP
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