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TURN THE OTHER CHEEK!

imageWalk Towards Easter. 19.
‘Inside, the leading priests and the entire high council were trying to find witnesses who would testify against Jesus, so they could put him to death. But their efforts were in vain. Many false witnesses spoke against Him, but they contradicted each other. ‘ Mark 14:55-56 
Q. How do you cope with injustice in your life? What do we learn about injustice from Jesus?
Every single one of us could raise our hand to a ” Yes I have had an injustice done to me.” The degree to which these offences occurred would be many and varied. And sometimes the pursuit of justice is a warranted cause. But however considerable or trivial the issue may be, we usually want the perpetrator to be held accountable. Preferably that very instant. They cannot be allowed to get away with what they have done , it’s not fair. Our emotions can run away with us and we end up spending an awful lot of time mulling over and dwelling upon the incident. Churning our stomach into knots, focussing on negative thoughts and often venturing over into the toxic mindset of revenge. “Just wait till I get my chance, she won’t be getting away with that !”
All the while the person, the object of our obsessive thoughts, is usually oblivious to our distress , carrying on as usual and we are the only ones loosing sleep.
‘ But I say to you, Do not resist the evil man (who injures you); but if any one strikes you on the right jaw or cheek, turn to him the other one too.’ Matthew 5:39 Amp
This is a tough one to swallow, and so against our fleshly instincts. It is hard enough to cope with the wrongdoing let alone saying, ” Here’ s the other cheek , have a go at it while you’re at it !”
These are the times when we have to look wholly and solely to Jesus. Dig in our heals and lean on His understanding. It is a choice we have to make, to follow after His example , forgive and move on allowing God to deal with the situation . It’s a principle that we need to practice, and it’s difficult at first. Giving over control always is, but the more we walk in forgiveness and follow Jesus example, the more we will have a peace in our lives that overflows to others including those who injure us.
” But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven…” 
Matthew 5:44-45
Lxx

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Live Light in 25 Words- Day 30 ” Just, Merciful, Humble…Is that You ? “

” He has shown you, O mortal what is good. And what does The Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy , and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
Q. How does God want us to live? What are some practical ways to live this way?
This would have to be one of the most well known, compassion and justice igniting verses in the Bible. We hear it used in reference to missions and social justice issues, but how often do we hear, or apply it, to our every day living?
“But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple; Do what is fair and just to your neighbour, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don’t take yourself to seriously- take GOD seriously.” The Message
God actually says that He ” requires ” – (to call for as suitable or appropriate, to regard as obligatory; to demand ) this of us. It’s not an option for us to live in any other manner. If we are to call ourselves Christian , to love and honour God, then we must walk this out in our daily interactions.
In being JUST, we are to be morally upright, treating all others fairly and in an appropriate manner.
In LOVING MERCY, we are to show compassion to those who offend us, and be the first to provide assistance to those who are in need.
And in WALKING HUMBLY with our God, we are to know our place, not trying to impress God with our own self importance .
So why do so many of us find this so hard? It requires submission to God and a relinquishing of pride. If we are honest, I think we can confess that we all struggle in this area at times. Allowing Him to give us the strength to live beyond how we feel, because often ,we just don’t feel like living these qualities out.
The world implores us to put ourselves first, how contrary this is to Gods plan for our lives. Imagine, if as Christians we purposed each day to this, to be the men and women God is looking for…..Imagine!
Lxx