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August 22, 2016

One of the most difficult issues to follow in the New Testament, is the
issue of going the extra mile for someone intent on doing you harm.  Jesus
is teaching His disciples and tells them this: "You have heard that it was
said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But I tell you, don't
resist an evildoer. On the contrary, if anyone slaps you on your right
cheek, turn the other to him also.  As for the one who wants to sue you and
take away your shirt, let him have your coat as well. And if anyone forces
you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to the one who asks you, and don't
turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you."  Matthew 5:38-42  We
read and we understand, but this is extremely hard to do, because we don't
want to become doormats for those whose only intent is to harm others and to
get what they can from you.  But I read it again, "Don't resist an
evildoer."  But Lord, they are evil, and they want to hurt me, or to take
that what is mine, and there is the content on where my thoughts were
flawed.  Do I care more about things or people?  Do I not want to let an
evildoer have his way because he will be taking that which I have worked
hard for?  Where are my thoughts?  What is more important to me?  Is Jesus
really calling for us to be pacifists? Now I also read the commentaries,
which tell me that this meant do not seek vengeance on someone who hurts
you, but rather forgive.   If someone were to steal from me, could I be
forgiving and when confronted, turn around and give him more of what he
stole in the first place?  How exactly do I show Christ to the one committed
to do evil to me?  I believe this is not a command to not defend ourselves,
and therefore become pacifists, but it represents a whole new thought
process from days of old, and even with the world today.  It represents a
forgiving heart toward someone wanting to hurt you.  It represents a giving
heart to one who steals from you.  It represents a compassionate heart for
someone wanting you to go with them one mile, and us being willing to go to
whatever distance is needed out of love for others.   There are those who
want to borrow, and will we be willing to part with that which should not be
our idol, to make the life easier for one who has need?  So because Jesus
came to turn things upside down in the mainstream thinking, I searched my
heart, and I realize that this is not becoming a doormat for others to
abuse.  It's ok to defend yourself and your property, from forceful people,
but afterward, will you have a chance to show mercy to the one who wronged
you?  That becomes a story of Christ, not seeking revenge to those who
wronged Him.  That's a story of you and me, living in a world that is
getting more and more scary.   It takes me back to the days I was involved
in a war.  Did I really hate those who I was fighting against?  Even though
I fought them, I really didn't hate them, for I didn't even know them.  I
never had the opportunity to show mercy to an enemy, but I wonder if I would
have.   I doubt it, for I didn't have Christ, but now I understand.  I can
be in a position of protection, but still not seek vengeance on those who
oppose me.  I can protect that which God has given me, but be willing to
give to those in need, even if they try to do me wrong.  I can be the source
of light to those who want to snuff out my light.  I can be hope to those
who consider hope as something they make for themselves.  Hope that is
everlasting.  You know, on second thought, I can change my thinking toward
the evildoer who wants to strike me.  I will consider the source, and
realize that he is where I used to be, but hopefully, I have learned a
lesson in life along this journey, and the lesson tells me to forgive, show
compassion, even in the defense of what I am responsible for.   I want to
practice forgiveness, for what I see now in the world,  is only a mirror of
what I used to be, and I was shown great mercy.

Pastor Andy

Heavenly Father, show us how to give mercy to those we have trouble
believing they deserve mercy. But You, in Your great grace, showed mercy to
me when I didn't deserve it, and that makes me understand how I should be to
others.  I pray You will give strength and discernment to us to help us find
Your way on our journey, that we would become more like You.  I pray for
those who struggle with life, for a myriad of reasons.  I pray for my friend
Linda and her children, as she is dealing with the death of her son.  Please
give her understanding and peace. I pray for  Grace, who is only fourteen
and has cancer.  I pray for Don, Dwight, fighting battles, with You doing
the fighting. I pray for the Reed family, for Adrian who needs heart
surgery; for Tuly, Tyler, Kristen, Trevor, Terry's dad, for Maria, Tyson,
Wendy, Montella, Joyce, Sammi, Betty, David, Phyllis, Devon, Cindy, Barbara,
Terri, who is having health issues, Marliana, Loren, Cynthia, Bill, Carolyn,
Tracy, Abraham, Elijah, Japheth, Mike, Megan, Jeff, Laura, Matt, Liz, Matt,
Bethany, BJ, Ida, Isabel, Angie, Kristena, Shane, Choya, Alex, Ken, Eric,
Sandy, JV, Nada, Andrea, Alan, Lydia, Fisher, Shannon, Robert, Pat, Ryan,
Barry, Johnny, Annette, Kim, Gary, Gavin, Shawn, Ben and family, Tim's
mother, Shelly's mother, Julissa and her friend, Jana's mother, Pam and her
son, Richard and his father, Kelly and her son, Robbie, Laurie, Gary,
Heather, Codi, Ron, Sam, Ada, Deane, Bill, Dan, Rheba, Pam, Mike, Austin,
Harriet, Gus, Lisa, Alice, Dotty, Fred, Mike S., James, Scott, April, Craig,
Ben, Ramona, Betty, Hunter, Asher, Lynette, Kathy, Jennifer, Patrick,
Candace, Abe, Trent, Garret, Mayeaux, Ben, Jason, Ashley, Marc, Macy, Jake,
Bob, Lisa. I pray that we all could become more like You, and that You would
please start our transformation today, for I ask it in Jesus name. Amen

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