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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Matthew 7:13-14Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those that enter through it are many.  How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life.  And those who find it are few.  

We want to take the easy way out; we want to stay in our comfort zone.  We hesitate to share our emotional self with others fearing criticism or rejection.  We do not want to squeeze ourselves through the demands that come with self-examination, self-adjustment, and the giving over of self to another.

God says: I understand that you are anxious and even frightened by prying eyes and wagging tongues; yet the world has many good friends for you.  I have put them in your circle and it is safe to open yourself to them.  As you learn to trust good people and as you begin to trust me more, you will feel less pressured, less constricted, more content and more serene.  This is why I call you constantly.  Do not be afraid of the Narrow Gates in your life.  They are opportunities to grow and flourish . . . because I accompany you in your passage.

God provides the strength we need to grow despite the obstacles we must overcome.  When we see the narrow gate as an opening to a new level of intimacy with God . . . we put away fear and we flourish.  How good it is to bear good fruit even as we bend our knees to enter the narrow gate.

To spend more time reflecting on the Narrow Gate experiences in our lives go to the Narrow Gate page on this blog or search for the Narrow Gate post by using the blog search bar.

A re-post from August 7, 2012.

Click on the image above to reflect more on our narrow gate choices or go to: http://in-formatio.com/?p=2229

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