Why Taking the High Ground Helps You Win
Always take the high ground. What does that mean? Does that mean to let someone walk all over you? No. It means, always do the right thing whether the other person does or not.
If they insult you, you treat them with kindness. If they’re unloving to you, you be loving to them. If they are resentful to you, you be forgiving to them. If they’re mean to you, you be nice to them.
You cannot control what other people think about you. You cannot control what other people say about you. But you do have one hundred percent control over how you respond. And that’s your choice. And you can be better and respond with grace and love and kindness and that pleases God. The classic chapter on taking the high ground with these types of people is Romans 12.
Romans 12:14 “Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them.”
You say, “Jerry, I don’t have anybody persecuting me.” Then cross out the word “persecute” and replace it with the words “makes you crazy.” Ask God to bless those who make you crazy. Yes, ask God to bless them, not curse them.
The people who irritate you, the people who make you crazy. This right here, that verse right there is the definition of real love. Real love isn’t loving someone who’s lovable. It’s easy to love lovely people. Real love loves the unlovable. Real love is loving the unlovely. Real love is loving the person who at that moment is spitting in your face.
You’re not backing down. You’re not playing their games. But you’re also not fighting fire with fire. You are responding with love. That is real love.
Romans 12:17-18 “Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.”
Rom 12:21 “Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.”
What you’re taught in our society today is if somebody punches you, you punch them back and you hit them harder. Society says: Don’t get mad, get even.
I refuse to be offended and I don’t wait for an apology. I just go ahead and forgive them the moment they hurt me. Then I refuse to play their game and I’m going to refuse to cave in. But I’m always going to take the high ground and return love, no matter what they throw at me.
What happens when you do that? You get the smile of God on your life.
Proverbs 16:7 “When people’s lives please the Lord, even their enemies are at peace with them.”
Wow! As your pastor who loves you, I want that verse to be true in your life. I want your ways to so please the Lord that God makes even your enemies to live in peace with you.