What are you doing out of the ordinary?
This is what Jesus asked the crowds during his Sermon on the Mount. It is my favorite part of Jesus’ sermon so far, as I continue on my journey of reading through Jesus’ words in the New Testament. It’s relatable, even for today.
Go the extra mile.
We’ve all heard this phrase before, but did you know it actually originated with Jesus? If we apply the principles Jesus mentions in this one passage, I believe it would take care of most of our problems.
~ Matthew 5:33-48 Tell the truth. Go the second mile. Love your enemies. ~
This part of the sermon is one of the strongest arguments for Jesus. No person could have written something like this. It is not in our nature to think like this by ourselves. There would have been no earthly reason or gain to have said these things. Jesus could have easily come as a military hero or king on earth, but he did not. If Jesus is who he said he was, then His words matter.
Jesus does not give us a list of do’s and don’ts. He is more interested in how we treat others, especially those who do not deserve our kindness. He shows us a picture of what His grace looks like, which is to love regardless. This is how God’s love is; it is not our secular or popular view of love.
It means loving people through their make mistakes. Forgiving them. Being there so you can catch them when they fall. “An apology may be in the making”, is what I once heard someone say. It is for all those times when someone may want to apologize but they just can’t do it for whatever reason. You make the first move and give them that chance to apologize, to make things better. Maybe they will, maybe they won’t, but you will not have any regrets living by this principle that Jesus teaches. You never know who is watching and learning. God notices, and He will reward you for it in heaven.
“To the love-starved, a word of affection can be a feast.” – Max Lucado
People need your love more than you can imagine.
Love based on who God is, not who you are.
76% of Americans say they have no one to turn to.
Don’t stand in someone’s way of seeing Jesus.
“You are changing the world when you are changing one person’s world.”
– Ann Voscamp, A Thousand Gifts