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Admiral William McRraven - “Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life....An Maybe The World”
It is easy to quit in SEAL training. All you have to do is ring the bell three times and you're out. You don't have to talk to anybody. You don't have to do anything. You ring the bell, you take your helmet off, you put it down, and that's it. And you find that in tough times, there's always kind of a way out and that's quitting. That's just deciding you're not going to tackle this problem — you're going to let the problem or the situation win.
Jesus is setting His standard for how we are to live this Christian Life, and tells us to keep it.
Matthew
Matthew 5:31–48 NASB95
“It was said, ‘Whoever sends his wife away, let him give her a certificate of divorce’; but I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for the reason of unchastity, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery. “Again, you have heard that the ancients were told, ‘You shall not make false vows, but shall fulfill your vows to the Lord.’ “But I say to you, make no oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. “Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. “But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil. “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ “But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. “If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. “Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. “Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you. “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. “For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? “If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Marriage - Two into One

Beavers
Wolves
Mute Swan
Gibbons Monkeys
Bald Eagle
Genesis 2:24 NASB95
For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.
Complicated Subject:
Lived through 3 divorces.
Salt and Pepper Fire Proof.
1st 50%, 2nd 67%, 3rd 73%

Perjury

Matthew 5:33 NASB95
“Again, you have heard that the ancients were told, ‘You shall not make false vows, but shall fulfill your vows to the Lord.’
Matthew
Exodus 20:7 NASB95
“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.
Exodus
Leviticus 19:12 NASB95
‘You shall not swear falsely by My name, so as to profane the name of your God; I am the Lord.
James echos this by saying let your yes be yes and your no be no.
Court

Vengeance is mine says the Lord

Matthew 5:38
Matthew 5:38 NASB95
“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’
Matthew 5:
Matthew 5:38–39 NASB95
“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ “But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.
Lex Talionis (Exact Retribution) Justice is served on the offender and the victim is made whole. They get back what the lost and no more.
Purpose was to keep people from taking vengeance for themselves and restoring the offender into a right relationship with God.
But the Pharisees were using this passage for revenge.
Our legal system has problems: felony hot checks and guns, or jobs.
4 examples.
Insult : Turn the other cheek
lawsuits: give him your coat also.
being commandeered: go with him two miles
Being sued
taken advantage of: give and allow to borrow

Love your Enemies

Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.
Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
“I pray your brakes go out going down a hill, I pray a flower pot falls from a window sill.”
For he causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

Aim High

Matthew 5:48 NASB95
“Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
A BUDS instructor. think about not quitting, you’ll quit.
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