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Agree (Admit Your Wrong)

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Introduction

Matthew 5:25–26 KJV
25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. 26 Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.
Let me tell you how hard of a thing this is for me. I like being right. A Lot! (Am I the only one?)
When I am in a place where I am face to face with an adversary, the last thing I want him to think is that they are right. About anything. They must know that only I am right.
But this philosophy is flawed from the very beginning. I am not right enough of the time to come even close to people believing that I am right all time.

Agree with Your Adversary

“Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him” Matthew 5:25a

Agree

“to accept or concede something” - Merriam-Webster
to accept or concede something
For you to agree there must be something to agree with.
Merriam-Webster, I. (2003). Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary. (Eleventh ed.). Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, Inc.
In problem solving, is there something about what your “adversary” is saying that is true? Agree with him.
In interpersonal matters, is there something you have done wrong, or some error that your “adversary” is pointing out that is correct. Or if they are quiet: Did any wrong you have done contribute to the silence/brooding?

Adversary

I think we all know who this is in as soon as the situation arrises, but let’s make some clarifications for sake of understanding.
This is a legal term, it means “an opponent in a lawsuit”
There is no room in this definition for dramatic characterizations of your husband, wife, brother, sister, friend, coworker, or even a shopkeeper, or bureaucrat as the physical representative of all evil or a great tyrant seeking to trample down all who cross his/her agenda or threaten his/her power.
This definition deals with plain facts, not agendas.
Were you wrong? In any way? - Admit it.

Quickly

Don’t wait around.
Pride can make us take our time, to stretch out the awkward silence that stands between us and eating the crow that’s coming to us.
The time-frame of admission becomes even more important as we look at the next section.

The Consequences of Not Agreeing

Matthew 5:25–26 KJV
25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. 26 Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.
Your wrong, no matter how small, will be magnified the longer you let it set.
This is how it is in legal affairs, interpersonal matters, and to some scale pretty much anything else.

What This Will Take?

Honesty

You will need a grasp of the truth.
You must agree with what is true, or you are manipulating to gain favor not agreeing to make it right.

Humility

You must set aside all consideration of self. To admit wrong is one of the hardest things a person can do. True strength can come from this.
If you choose to hide in your proud shell of false self confidence, you are allowing your consequences to stack up and at the same time leaving yourself open to repeat the error.
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