13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
Indeed it is rather strange, and somewhat amusing, that many would choose to live to do evil more than good. Perhaps it is due to our sinful nature that we steer our helms towards the path of ‘death’ and finds it difficult to gravitate towards the path of ‘life’, simply because the competing forces from the evil side remains strong and determined to draw us to it. And more often than not, we cave in to their advances.
It has saddened me to hear that a former colleague of mine, has relented to the evil ways to gratify her thirst for power and superiority, and arduous pursuit for revenge. Despite being threatened and betrayed by her trusted aides, she has chosen to remain loyal them to accomplish her mission.
This had me wondering deeply – why do people still suck up to the ones who have betrayed and schemed behind their backs? What are they trying to achieve? Then, it struck me in my head that, she is merely using them to accomplish her mission because they could be of great use to her. And this has proven to me that people would stick to you only when you have your worth and value that they could use to accomplish their selfish goals.
Will this give her eternal glory and sense of accomplishment? No. She will only spiral down further the whirlpool of destruction. As I pondered on this, I became even more burdened to pray for her. Yes, I was angry for I couldn’t understand why she hated me so much when I have not betrayed her once. Yes, we may have had our disagreements and arguments, but never once have I done anything to harm her. Yet, she despises me so … till today. At first, I found it extremely difficult to come to terms with this and didn’t want to pray for her and thought that she would be better off in hell. But then I realized that if I were to continue walking in the light with God, I ought not to harbor such anger and hatred towards her.
As God also said in Matthew 7 …
1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
If I were to come to present an offering to God, I first have to abandon this thought of hatred towards my colleague. It wasn’t an easy thing for me to do. I was tempted at all ends not to. But God’s power rules over all the heavens and the earth and hence, we will rise victorious in our battle with evil.
So I prayed for her and instantly, I felt the peace of God surrounds my aching soul. I pray she will find her way to the ‘light’ one day and not dwell among the evil ones any longer. I pray she will find the peace in her heart to let go of her selfish and foolish pursuit for revenge and self-glorification.