Have you heard the saying “choose your battles wisely” or something similar?
Choice is present in so many ways in our lives.
We have power to choose our words and our thoughts.
If we can remember to choose wisely, we can avert much turmoil when emotions / temptations arise.
When anger sparks for whatever reason, and if we remember, we can choose which words to express ourselves with... if any words at all.
We can also choose to be silent.
Silence and a calm demeanor can extinguish flaming arrows being aimed at you.
That same silence can also keep you from responding in kind, which would dishonor the Father and cause further turmoil.
The silence is first choosing to restrain your 'self'.
Secondly you can choose to speak to He who hears and knows all things.
The choice to beckon the Spirit that triumphed over death and breathes life into the lifeless, is yours to make.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
- Ephesians 6: 18You do have the power of choice.
Decide with discipline.
Much how a man has the choice to avert his eyes from seeing something that can derail his peace, so can a man choose the thoughts in his mind despite the temptations which may cloud the heart.
For the believer, the man of peace, the man made by God to reflect the Love revealed from Above, the battle is always within, never without... always internal in the spirit, never external against flesh and blood.
For the Christian, those called to follow He who has always been, He who chose to be revealed in the flesh, the image of the invisible God:
Although the battle comes to your doorstep, it is your choice to open the door.
If the battle has infiltrated your temple, choice once again can exterminate the cancerous growth.
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
- 1 Corinthians 10: 13