12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
I have been told my entire life, do unto others as you want them to do unto you. In these few verses we find why. It is easy to react to others treatment to you, either verbally or physically. I think of the path of least resistance, if you watch things in nature typically takes this path. We tend to also do what is easy rather than what is hard or difficult. Wide is the path and broad is the way, tells me so much and feel it is necessary to share this. When we choose to accept Christ into our Hearts we are not choosing the path of least resistance. We are choosing the strait gate, the narrow way.
When I started serving God by His Son Jesus, I started choosing the narrow way, the strait gate. I started choosing to change my thoughts and behaviors to align them more closely to that of Christ's Example and teachings. It is hard at times not to react to the challenges as I face daily. The devil roams as a roaring lion, seeking to devour us. We are always tempted to that which comes easy to man in the flesh, sin. As we serve God through His Son, we are no longer under sin but the law of Faith, Faith in Christ and God. We therefore must always choose to serve Christ in every thought. Serve Jesus and choose to modify your thoughts and actions more aligned to Christs. This is the "strait " gate or narrow path. it is all to easy to fall back into the ways of the flesh. Keep your eye on Jesus and choose to serve God in all that you do!!! Always. Choose that which is hard not easy. It is hard to love someone who hurts you in some way, choose to Love not hate. It is hard to be Kind to someone who isn't nice to you, but be Kind. Be patient with those who rush or put large demand on you, but choose to be patient. Give peace to those who want to fight (verbally or physically), but choose to make peace but not war. Give the Grace you received from God, when you didn't deserve it. Be Graceful to those first that may not deserve it. Through these things and others we must choose to do always rather than what come naturally through sin. I fail a lot and that isn't the issue. the issue is that I keep trying to change my behavior and choose to do what is hard. Always seek to that which is hard and through Christ unto God , if you ask Him for the strength and Grace to do this He will give it to you. we must seek it and ask, always. May God Bless you all always!!!