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  • Eye for Eye (Matthew 5:38-42)

    We love to retaliate; God loves to redeem

    Retaliation = Slavery
    Living according to others is a hopeless kind of bondage.

    Christ is challenges us to end the slavery of retaliation by dying to ourselves—by returning blessings for curses.

    We are to turn this world's chaos on its head by not merely tolerating a thump on the cheek, but by offering the other cheek as well…

    In the very place where he is offending you, Jesus says you are to extend assistance to your enemy. This will disarm him and free you from the bondage of living according to his desires. This is the path to peace.
    Blessed are the peacemakers
    (Matthew 5:9a)

    Four Good-Byes Every Follower of Christ Must Say:

    To Pride (turn the other cheek: Matthew 5:39)

    To Rights (the cloak and the tunic: Matthew 5:40)

    To Personal Freedom (the extra mile: Matthew 5:41)

    To Possessions (lending generously: Matthew 5:42)

    Common Misunderstandings

    We are not to be accomplices to evil:
    1) Jesus is not doing away with justice.

    Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.
    (Romans 13:1a)

    2) Jesus is not telling us to support laziness or wickedness.
    The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.
    (2 Thessalonians 3:10b)

    “The Christian is not to be concerned about personal insults and personal defence. But when it is a matter of honour and justice, righteousness and truth, he must be concerned and thus he makes his protest.”
    (D. Martyn Lloyd Jones)

    Taking it Home: Are you a slave to Christ, or your enemies?

    You will never be free until you are bound to Christ alone.

    New King James Version (NKJV)
    Eye for Eye

    38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39 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. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

    An Eye for an Eye

    “The old law of an eye for an eye leaves everybody blind. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding; it seeks to annihilate rather than to convert.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

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