The argument isn’t worth it.
Luke 14: 31-33 “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. 33 In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.”
To the Jew, it was Rome. That was for sure. That was the enemy they wanted to fight and Rome was ready. But they certainly didn’t know the full might of Rome and Jesus’ warning to them ahead of their destruction in AD70 is poignant, just like Herod’s construction project.
If only we knew the plans and the battles that are in our mind that distract us from being a true disciple of Jesus.
Most days I am walking into someone’s battle. It is usually not with an enemy as such though they have made it so. It is with another Christian, maybe an authoritative figure or just a fellow member of their Church. Often they haven’t counted the cost of their argument. They haven’t considered what they would lose, the damage they would cause to themselves and to others. They neither ask for peace and they never get on to the cross. The one word I never seem to hear is the one word everyone is fighting for, ‘sorry’.
I said to one person who was in a fight with their Pastor, “Do you not realise the damage this is causing you? Even before we think of the people in the Church. If you carry on like this then you will die a sad, old, bitter person with bad memories.”
The person said they had sent a card telling the Pastor they had forgiven him.
I told the person to go and get onto the cross: to apologise to the Pastor and ask for forgiveness.
“But I have done nothing wrong,” the member objected.
I replied, “Neither had Jesus. Sinless Jesus died a sinner’s death for you, so be a disciple and follow him.”
The member had not considered this before.
So my advice is today if you have woken up angry:
Consider the battle you want to have.
Is it worth it?
You may think you can win but what will you lose by winning?
The battle is to be a disciple.