Devotions for June 13, 2017

MATTHEW 5:38-42

Teaching about Revenge
38 “You have heard the law that says the punishment must match the injury: ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’[a] 39 But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also. 40 If you are sued in court and your shirt is taken from you, give your coat, too. 41 If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile,[b] carry it two miles. 42 Give to those who ask, and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow.

LOVING THE EXTRA-MILE

In the ancient Near East, striking someone on their cheek was a high insult, one which demanded retaliation or legal recourse. Note Jesus’s reversal of the culture’s expectations.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: Out of Jesus’s commands here, which one feels the hardest for you to follow? Why?

Q: Though our culture is vastly different from Jesus’s, how do His words still apply to you? Think about scenarios which demand the level of love described here.

Q: Question Who tends to “strike your cheek” or hurt you in a vulnerable way? Take time to pray for this person and for your own heart, that you would love them as Jesus has.

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