Taking the High Road

     We have often heard the phrase "walk the talk" that suggests the things we say should be demonstrated by what we do. Walking the talk requires a great deal of practice and understanding of a right attitude as well as a perception of what is needed when building relationships. Most of us will need an attitude adjustment at times in order for us to show mercy towards each other. Taking the high road is a phrase often practiced when relationships come to an impasse, and for the Christian means viewing the world as God sees it. Jesus in His sermon on the mount responded to disgruntled listeners using the metaphors "an eye for an eye", "turning the other cheek", and "walking the extra mile". All of these suggest taking the high road as the solution to walking the talk.

      Do you find it difficult to walk the talk of Christian faith? And is taking the high road a consideration when dealing with those who hold to a defiant posture? Jesus said, "You have heard that it was said, 'love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you that you may be sons of your Father in heaven" (Matt. 5:43-45).