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The Narrow Gate

by Denise McDowell

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7:13-14

The broad path is easy to find. In fact, unless you make a conscious choice to avoid it, that’s where you’ll find yourself walking. Most people like this wide road because it’s comfortable, fairly easy, and culturally acceptable.
What those who travel the broad road fail to realize is that it doesn’t lead to life. All the “promises” it gives of satisfaction and fulfillment end in disappointment because it’s a path without God.

The narrow way, however, follows the direction and desires of the Father. In Matthew 7:14, when Jesus Christ talked about our options, He said, “The way is narrow that leads to life.” And what’s the narrow way? It’s “the way and the truth and the life” in other words, Jesus Himself (John 14:6). Those who enter by the narrow gate of faith in Christ find the peace and joy of a relationship with Him, which truly satisfies the heart.

Which path would you say you’re traveling on today? The narrow way isn’t always easy, but it’s where we’ll find fullness of joy, peace, and righteousness.

Psalm 16:11 says: You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Ephesians 2:14 says: For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation…

1 Corinthians 1:30 says: But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God and righteousness and sanctification and redemption.

If we choose Jesus, He promises to be with us throughout eternity.

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