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Overcome Evil with Good

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Is it ever hard to love people?

You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.

Love Your Enemies

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Think for about a time it was hard not to get revenge on somebody or maybe you did take revenge on somebody for something and you regret that.
Illustration of pool basketball fighting with brothers/friends
It’s hard not to retaliate. It’s hard to love those who do bad things to you
God calls us to not retaliate and to even love those who do bad things to us

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.

Love Your Enemies

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

A misused law

The original intent of the law was fairness
It kept people from paying a greater price than they deserved
It also prevented people from taking personal revenge
People perverted the law to make it their own.
It was turned into basically a revenge (You take my eye, i’m going to take your eyes)
Unfortunately, this law was misconstrued over 100’s of years
It was basically hatfield and mccoys in the middle east
It was turned into basically a revenge (You take my eye, i’m going to take your eyes)
Everybody feuds now too....just google “feuds”. Donald trump is the first one to pop up
It was basically hatfield and mccoys in the middle east
People perverted the law to make it their own.
Everybody feuds now too....just google “feuds”. Donald trump is the first one to pop up

A New Attitude

Jesus isn’t replacing an old law with a new law, he is trying to change their attitudes
Read v. 40-42 again
Be willing to suffer loss rather than cause someone to suffer (whoa…)
Do we do this?
I KNOW I DON’T
everything is about me
I want to make sure i’m comfortable
Retaliation only leads to a settled war…not peace
It only makes the retaliator and offender feel worse

A New Directive

Turn the other cheek—don’t seek vengeance
This demands faith and love
It means that we will be hurt
Strong men can love people and suffer hurt
Weak men think only of themselves, hurt people, then run away to protect themselves.
Give him your cloak&Helpthe one who begs from you—We should try to help the sinner
When we help, he may try to attack us again
BUt we are victorious because Jesus is on our side
Helping us and building our characaters
Go with him another mile—Reach out to others
Jesus takes it even further. When someone forces you to do something do over what they tell you.
Scene in the office when dwight tells interns “go sort those files in random order”
When i was younger during the summers i would move desks and books around constantly…sometimes my dad changed his mind
My responsiblity wasn’t to get mad at him or question it or complain, but to do it to the best of my ability.
God calls us to a new directive of going the distance. Following things through.

Conclusion—I peter 3:9

What directive are you living under?
Eye for an eye (they do something to me, i’m gonna mess them up)
Are you not seeking vengence but loving others.
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