Stand There and Take It

19 Feb

God’s Word:  Matthew 5:38-41  Jesus said, “Here’s another old saying that deserves a second look: ‘Eye for eye, tooth for tooth.’ Is that going to get us anywhere?  Here’s what I propose;

  1.  ‘Don’t hit back at all.’ If someone strikes you, stand there and take it. 
  2. If someone drags you into court and sues for the shirt off your back, gift wrap your best coat and make a present of it. 
  3.  And if someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. 
  4.  No more tit-for-tat stuff.  Live generously.”

Jesus’ Message to Me: (My interpretation of what Jesus is saying in these verses)

My law of love rises above that what humanity would call the law of fairness. jesus nail prints in hand The law of the Old Testament taught the people how to get along and solve injustices.  The law of love that I have given teaches you to rise ABOVE the injustices.  I spent My life as an example so you could learn how to live out this law of love.

Your natural inclination is to “get even,” or “show them they can’t do that to you.”  Retaliation only ushers in more pain and suffering, in both parties.  There is to end to the law of retaliation—until death.  Instead—stop it in its tracks by refusing to participate.  Do as I did–stand there and take it!  As you respond to others—you are responding to Me.

As I fulfilled the OT Law by rising above it, I challenge you to join Me.  Live generously and victoriously by abolishing the desire to seek vengeance.  The Golden Rule of ‘do unto others as you wish them to do unto you’ should be followed in all interactions with all others.  As I gave My life to bless others—I am calling upon you to do the same.

Jesus’ Question for Me: What will you do even today to crucify selfishness and live generously for others?

Jesus’ Promise to Me:  I never to ask you to do that which I did not do and I never ask you to do anything alone—for I will be with you.

My Prayer to God:

I praise You for Your perfect example of how to stand and take it.

I am sorry for living so selfishly much of the time.

Thank You for Your strength that we can draw upon for endurance.

Help me rise above selfishness by reaching out to You for strength.

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