Friday, 2 August 2019

Daily Dose Of Emmet Fox

Read Matthew 5:38-42.

Go the Second Mile

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’[f] 39 But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 40 If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. 41 And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. 42 Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.

RESIST NOT EVIL

But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil... (Matthew 5:39).


Jesus is a revolutionary teacher. He turns the world upside down for those who accept his teaching. When one you have accepted that Jesus Christ message, all values change radically.

The old law was that whatever man did to man, he should himself be made to suffer by way of punishment. If he put out another man's eye, his own was to be put out by the officers of justice; if he killed, he was killed.

The desire to "get even," to get one's own back, to level things up somehow or other, when we have been hurt of have suffered injustice, or witnessed things of which we did not approve will remain with us until the time when we definitely take ourselves in hand and destroy it. "Revenge," said Bacon, "is a kind of wild justice."


Now Jesus reverses this and says that when someone injures you, you are to forgive him. No matter what the provocation may be, and no matter how many times it is repeated, you are to loose him and let him go, for thus only can you be freed yourself.
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