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Walk the extra mile – for Jesus

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Matthew 5:38–42
 
Jesus has fallen under the cross
 
We need to strike a balance between Jesus’s call not to seek retribution and the moral responsibility to take a stand against the evil in our world.  Jesus is telling us that we have a personal responsibility to examine our response to challenges we face, evil or otherwise.
 
Jesus’s challenge to turn the other cheek, is an almost impossible one to meet – our instincts for self-defence are strong, after all.
 
Jesus also asks us to examine how we face up to demands on our property (giving the cloak), our time (walking the extra mile) and our money (borrowing).  Because we are immersed in a materialist culture it can be difficult to respond as Jesus teaches us when we encounter such demands.
 
But as we consider those demands and Jesus’s call, consider that he has given us the greatest example of all: beaten, spat upon, mocked and unjustly condemned, he remained silent; stripped, humiliated and crucified, he pleaded for forgiveness for his tormentors.
 
Jesus is our model as well as our teacher.
 
Lord Jesus, may the power of your Holy Spirit break through my deep-seated selfishness and egocentricity and give me the grace to put these attitudes to death.
 
Chris
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