I love winning. Who doesn’t?
In marriage we often take pride in winning arguments and being right.
My husband and I are both really good at this. Then we realized that always having to win regardless of each other, regardless of the consequences to our relationship, and regardless of what is best for our family may not be winning at all.
And pride does no good ever.
Let’s look at the characteristics of pride together:
* Pride is boastful (1 John 2:16)
* Foolish (Mark 7:21)
* Stubborn (Leviticus 26:19)
* Attacks (Psalm 56:2)
* Causes Strife (Proverbs 13:10)
* Lashes out (Proverbs 14:3)
So why in the world do we fight so hard to win if the consequences damage the very thing we should be fighting FOR?
Sometimes I forget that we are on the same team. I forget that our arguments shouldn’t damage us. When I look at this list I can check every single box. Been there, done that. I’ve even genuinely won a few good “heated” arguments but when I look back, I can’t figure out what my prize was.
A better relationship? Nope
A closer friendship? Nope
A stronger marriage? Nope
I could go on and on, but the truth is- nothing good comes from pride.
So let’s bring this back to reality for a minute. I’d be lying if I told you that I never get mad, that we never fight and that to this day I don’t care about winning. Oh, I do care and believe me so does he.
BUT- we have also realized a few things over the years. God has spoken to each of us about our hearts, about being humble and kind. About putting others first and taking a deep breath and stepping back and seeing the bigger picture.
Check out the characteristics of being humble and kind-
* You will be sustained (Psalm 147:6)
* Victorious (Psalm 149:4) (I liked that one….) sorry…not sorry.
* Exalted by God (Matthew 23:12)
* Have Favor (1 Peter 5:5)
Still feel like you won that argument? I know I don’t. Pride causes us to say and do things we shouldn’t. Having a humble heart causes us to look with eyes of love and not worry about winning or losing, but to be concerned with the greater good of the relationship in the long term.
Jesus became a man, was mistreated, beaten, and died on a terrible cross by people who were mocking him. Yet, the whole time the scriptures say that he was praying for God to forgive them. Not a great way to win a fight, but an awesome way to win a war.
Pride has the potential to destroy our marriages, while a humble heart has the potential to build something we may have never thought possible.
Maybe it’s not about right or wrong, maybe we don’t have to win. Just maybe we can disagree and work through our issues (and believe me we have quite a few…) without doing so much damage. I have started looking at what winning really means lately and for me, winning is still being married to this guy. (preferably happy) I’m not always great at backing down, seeing the other side of an argument, or being the better person, but I am a work in progress that wants to win more than the current battle that I am in.
I want to win the whole war.
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