If I get to nothing else, may this be today’s “study” that I focus on… It’s not about me. It’s about Him. Is God, the God of the Universe leading me to face an uncomfortable, hard situation for a reason? I need to trust and keep praying. While praying, am I keeping my attitude in a place where it would be closer to Jesus’ own attitude in Philippians (2:5)? Or, does my flesh get fused and out of control–finding it difficult to be content? While praying for the situations and relationships, am I examining my own heart?
In Matthew 5:41-42, Jesus says:
- “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.”
One of the commentaries (Matthew Henry) includes these words to encourage and spur us on the right track:
- “5:38-42 The plain instruction is, Suffer any injury that can be borne, for the sake of peace, committing your concerns to the Lord’s keeping. And the sum of all is, that Christians must avoid disputing and striving. If any say, Flesh and blood cannot pass by such an affront, let them remember, that flesh and blood shall not inherit the kingdom of God; and those who act upon right principles will have most peace and comfort.”
Romans adds this:
- “Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection,e and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.” (9-18)
Pay special close to Romans 12:18, where it states: “Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone”. Don’t merely pretend to love each other, really love them. Really pursue a different kind of journey of seeking to honor God and seek Christ always…not just seeking a way out. Determining to learn to love and do whatever God may be leading you to do, to witness to others, to minister, and let your light of Jesus Christ shine brightly…