By Andrea Merrell
Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Ephesians 5:21 NLT
It became a stand-off. A battle of wills. Both parties were determined to be right, neither willing to budge a single inch.Why is it so important for us to win every argument? To come out on top? To prove that we’re right and the other person is wrong?
in my marriage, there were many of these stand-offs. Now that I look back on
them, I wonder at what expense. If things had not changed, it could have cost
us our relationship.
The Bible tells us to submit to one another. The Message says to be courteously reverent to one another. The Passion translation puts it this way: Be supportive of each other in love. Why are we to follow these instructions? Out of reverence for Christ.
Pride can lead us to do and say some very foolish things. Being stubborn and hardheaded might help us win the battle, but we just might lose the war. Relationships are always more important than being the winner—especially our relationship with the Lord. And He’s always right.
If you find yourself constantly butting heads with others, maybe it’s time to give up the right to be right.
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