31 Ways To Let Your Light Shine!
17. Go The Extra Mile -Matthew 5:38-42
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 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.
I must admit that you got me on this one, Lord. No, I understand perfectly well what you are saying. But do you know how hard it is to just endure what I am told by these people? Do you know how hard it is not to get even? Do you know how hard it is to forgive them?
Well, Yes, I guess you do. You demonstrated that in the beatings you endured by the temple soldiers, Herod's men, the priest, Pilate's soldiers. You endured the shame of the cross, the pain, the rejection, the blood. You could have called down 10,000 angels. You could have spoke and the ground would have swallowed them up. You could have just thought them out of existence. I guess you do know what you are asking of me.
If I am going to shine the light of Jesus then I need to be willing to go the extra mile, turn the other cheek, give my coat too. After all that you endured on the cross your light still was shining bright and caused a soldier to recognize that you are the Son of God. Jesus, help me to shine the light even when my enemies are storming me.
May the Light of Jesus shine through you today. May God bless you as you go the extra mile!
PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Lord and my God; I praise you because you are perfect and holy. I am not but I am trying to be like you. Your Son set an example for me about going the extra mile. I can't believe what he endured. He didn't just do it because he loves me... He loves the one who put the nails through his hands too. Father, give me the strength to go the extra mile. In the name of Jesus I pray, AMEN!