Saturday 28 June, 2014

Matthew 5:38-42

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye must be put out for an eye. A tooth must be knocked out for a tooth.’ (Exodus 21:24; Leviticus 24:20; Deuteronomy 19:21) 39 But here is what I tell you. Do not fight against an evil person. “Suppose someone hits you on your right cheek. Turn your other cheek to him also. 40 Suppose someone takes you to court to get your shirt. Let him have your coat also. 41 Suppose someone forces you to go one mile. Go two miles with him. 42 “Give to the one who asks you for something. Don’t turn away from the one who wants to borrow something from you.

Jesus is continuing to correct misinterpretations of God’s law and character – how do we respond when we are hurt be it physical, emotional or financial? Jesus is speaking to not just what has been taught to His audience but to our very natures.

I know I have wanted to hurt others physically when they have hurt me physically and hurt emotionally when I have been hurt emotionally – it’s like an automatic response .. there is something very elemental about wanting to get even & retaliate.

Jesus is saying that God’s Kingdom doesn’t operate in that way – it operates from a position giving, kindness and loving – not because we are giving in or becoming ‘door mats’ but from choice. It takes a completely different kind of person not to retaliate but to give.

Father, I am undone – help me to live the Gospel = loving and giving more consistently in my life .. Holy Spirit I need your help to choose to respond in the opposite spirit – in the Spirit of the Kingdom of God.  Amen.

Written by Suzie Hodgson

 

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