Words from the Heart for Tuesday May 5th, 2020
And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
Matthew 5:40-42 (NIV)
Go The Second Mile
The Liberal federal government of Pierre Trudeau first began implementing metrication in Canada in 1970 with a government agency dedicated to implementing the project, the Metric Commission, being established in 1971. In 1972, the provinces agreed to make all road signs metric by 1977. During the Labor Day weekend in 1977 every speed limit sign in the country was changed from mph to km/h. The distances on road signs were changed from miles to kilometers during the next few months.
It isn’t always easy to live according to Kingdom of God principles. They go against our sinful nature, and against the principles of the fallen world. This is particularly so when we are facing opposition, or far worse, opposition for being followers of Jesus. When Jesus faced His accusers during His kangaroo trial, like a sheep before its shearers is still, He said not a word. We are called to be like Jesus. In Matthew 5:40-42 Jesus teaches this: “And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.” We are called to be consistent in our walk with Jesus. No matter what we face we are called to respond with compassion and grace. This isn’t easy. The natural response to those who are mistreating us is to retaliate. We must not. Instead, we must respond with acts of compassion. By doing so, we will either soften the hearts of the accuser, or bring conviction. How can you respond like Jesus to someone today?
These have been words from the heart.