The Higher Road

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Whether or not you respect someone, you should love them. You should treat them with courtesy and say please and thank you. Sometimes, taking the higher road becomes a rocky, 45-degree climb and I want to quit half-way because emotionally it is too hard.

I need prayer for help in taking the higher road. Because ultimately God loves those who don’t know the impact of their words, and I’m sure I have annoyed someone, too, with my tactless and blunt ways. That, and Paul had to minister with a thorn in his side. What makes me different or special? What makes me deserving of a smoother way? God never promised it would be easy and the other week was no different.

Beloved, do not be surprised at(AA) the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13But rejoice(AB) insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad(AC) when his glory is revealed. 14(AD) If you are insulted(AE) for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory[b] and of God rests upon you. 15But(AF) let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or(AG) as a meddler. 16Yet(AH) if anyone suffers as a(AI) Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God(AJ) in that name. 17For it is time for judgment(AK) to begin at the household of God; and(AL) if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who(AM) do not obey the gospel of God? 18And

   (AN) “If the righteous is scarcely saved,
   what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”[c]

 19Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will(AO) entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.

– 1 Peter 4:12-19

From here.