“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’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. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. Matthew 5:38-42
This week as my son defended himself, after pushing his sister, with a very warped statement. He said, “Well, Mommy. God always says treat others the way you want to be treated. She pushed me first, so I guess she wanted to me to push her.” I’m sure you can imagine the look on my face as those words came out of his mouth. “Whoa! You are responsible for your actions – not the actions of others and God also says turn the other check!”, I declared before sending him to his room for a few minutes to think about things.
This statement reminded me of how often we take what we want from God’s word and use it to defend or excuse our actions. We take His word and twist it to our liking. We warp His laws for our own purposes and we leave a wake of destruction in our path. We warp His holy word and we don’t even take the time to know it for ourselves. We think that statements like, “cleanliness is next to Godliness”, “money is the root of all evil”, and “God helps those who help themselves” are actually in the Bible because we haven’t spent time reading the Bible, but instead have just listened to what others tell us it says.
This is one of the main missions of my ministry. I want to encourage ALL women to see God in the ordinary, to seek him and know Him on a personal and intimate level by diving into His word. If you are trying to find another way it will only lead you to a dead-end.
When people tell you, “Try out the fortunetellers. Consult the spiritualists. Why not tap into the spirit-world, get in touch with the dead?” Tell them, “No, we’re going to study the Scriptures.” People who try the other ways get nowhere—a dead end! Frustrated and famished, they try one thing after another. When nothing works out they get angry, cursing first this god and then that one, Looking this way and that, up, down, and sideways—and seeing nothing, A blank wall, an empty hole. They end up in the dark with nothing. Isaiah 8:19 (The Message)
When we read the Bible we find that God is love, compassion, joy, grace, peace and so much more, but, above all else, LOVE. In Deuteronomy 15:7 (The Message) it says, When you happen on someone who’s in trouble or needs help among your people with whom you live in this land that God, your God, is giving you, don’t look the other way pretending you don’t see him. Don’t keep a tight grip on your purse. No. Look at him, open your purse, lend whatever and as much as he needs. Don’t count the cost.
He continues in Deuteronomy 22 and says that even if you see a wandering or injured sheep or ox, don’t look the other way, but return it. God desires for us to care for and show compassion to the sheep and oxen – how much more does He want us to show compassion for our neighbor and brother or sister in Christ? In short, treat them the way we would like to be treated. Taking time to read and understand God’s word fills us with the knowledge we need to go out into this world and do just that.