The Judge and the Narrow Path

“Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it. How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it.” – Matthew 7:13-14 

Take a moment to reflect on the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:13-14. The imagery is vivid—two gates, two roads, and the critical choice between them. It raises a fundamental question: Why do few find the narrow path that leads to life? Why, in the grand design of a loving God, is the road less traveled? 

To answer this, we must first understand a crucial aspect of God’s nature. Skeptics often challenge the idea of a loving God allowing people to experience hell, portraying Him as the antagonist. However, let’s consider this from a different angle. 

Imagine a criminal, having committed multiple crimes, standing before a judge. The judge, bound by a sense of justice, sentences the guilty person to life in prison. Now, ponder this: Did the judge send the person to jail, or did the person’s actions lead to the sentence? The answer, in reality, is both. 

The guilty person, by their actions, incurs the consequences of their choices. The judge, in his position of authority, must carry out justice. It’s a dual reality where the consequences align with the actions taken. 

Likewise, the narrow path is not elusive due to a lack of God’s love or an arbitrary decision on His part. The difficulty lies in the choices we make. God, in His love, has provided a way—the narrow path—that leads to life. Yet, our freedom to choose also means we can opt for the wide gate and the broad road that leads to destruction. 

So, why do few find the narrow path? It’s rooted in the reality of human choice. God, in His love, offers salvation, but individuals must choose to accept or reject it. The narrow path demands intentional commitment and a willingness to navigate difficulties. 

As we grapple with this truth, let us embrace the responsibility that comes with our choices. God’s love remains constant, offering a path to life, but we must choose to walk it. Today, let your choices reflect a commitment to the narrow path, recognizing that the Judge, in His love and justice, has given you the freedom to make that choice. 

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bible verse

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

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