“You take the high road and I’ll take the low road and we’ll be in Scotland before you; but me and my true love will never meet again, on the bonnie, bonnie banks o’ Loch Lomond.” I remember hearing this old Scottish song written in 1841, at various times in my life. I never knew what it meant, but always thought about it when my parents would encourage me to “take the higher road”. Have you ever heard that phrase? Have you ever been advised to “take the high road”? It basically is an admonishment to do the right thing whether you feel like it or not, and whether another deserves it or not.
There are A LOT of opportunities that we encounter during a day, to take the high road. Think about a scenario that you may encounter: Someone says or does something that offends you.
The LOW road takes you down this path: You get offended. –> You go and tell people about it. –> They listen and begin to think less of the person who offended you. –> They begin to further talk negatively about the person who offended you. –> RESULTS? You have directly and willfully disobeyed God by responding out of your flesh instead of submitting to the Holy Spirit’s working in and through your life. But not only have you sinned, but you have caused another to sin by encouraging them to join you in the gossip and slander of another person. You have created division in the body of Christ. You have become consumed and further angered by it because you keep rehashing it with people over and over again. You have taken on the DNA of the enemy: satan is known as the Accuser of the Brethren. It’s as if you are standing in the courts of God, accusing your brother or sister in Christ before Him. And keep this in mind:
GREAT MINDS DISCUSS IDEAS,
AVERAGE MINDS DISCUSS EVENTS,
AND SMALL MINDS DISCUSS PEOPLE
The HIGH road takes you down this path: You get offended. –> You immediately get alone with God and talk with Him about it. –> He gives you clarity and His perspective about the person. –> You develop empathy and understanding of the other person, and are even prompted to pray for them based on what the Spirit has revealed to you. RESULTS? The joy of knowing you obeyed God’s Word. The peace of knowing you honored God. The compassion to actually pray for that person. The satisfaction of knowing you answered Jesus’ prayer for unity in John 17.
WISE PEOPLE LOOK AT CORRECTING THEIR OWN FAULTS
NOT EXPLOITING THE FAULTS OF ANOTHER
So today, when you get offended by the words or actions of another, what road will you take?