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ACTIONS OF LOVE – 5
GIVE TO THOSE THAT WANT TO TAKE.
“… If someone grabs your shirt, gift-wrap your best coat and make a present of it.” (Luke 6:29)
This morning we continue our series entitled “You think you know what Love is?” We have now covered 4 of the 17 actions of God’s love found in Luke 6:27-38. This morning we look at action 5: give to those that want to take.
I know that some of the things covered in this series may seem unrealistic to many. Loving your enemies and praying for those that give you are hard time are simply not natural reactions to mistreatment, but that is exactly the point. When you are Born-Again your spirit is renewed with the Holy Spirit (God Himself), but your mind has yet to be renewed. One Pastor said that this “This new man with an old body needs a new mind!” In essence, before we can really operate in biblical faith, our belief system has to change. A man came to Jesus who had a son with a condition that he could address. The man said, “…if you can do anything… help us.” Jesus explained to the man that the real issue was not His ability, but rather whether or not the man had the ability to believe. Jesus went on to say, “Everything is possible for him who believes” (Mark 9:22,23).
In other words, Jesus was saying, “Your belief system to this point has led you to believe that your son is hopeless, but you if you can change your belief system to be open for new possibilities, then I can operate in your life.”
This is what this series is all about. God wants us to change our belief system concerning how we deal with people. Instead of repaying evil with evil, we must be re-programmed to overcome evil with good. Let’s take our text for this morning for example. Matthew’s version helps us understand it better. Matthew said, “… if anyone wants to sue you and take your undershirt (tunic), let him have your coat also” (Matthew 5:40 AMP). This was a legal matter. Jews wore two principal garments, an interior (shirt) and an exterior (coat). The interior garment encircled the whole body and extended down to the knees. The exterior garment was wrapped around the body and was removed when labor was performed. Jesus taught that if an adversary wanted to obtain your interior garment, through the legal system, that instead of following your normal way of thinking and fighting him tooth-and-nail, that we should rather take our exterior garment, gift wrap it, and give it to them as well.
Why? Because this is not the way the world operates. The world goes tit-for-tat against each other and Jesus was teaching us a new way to live. Instead of trying to file a counter law suit (or counter argument) for everything, we should seek to operate in God’s love to the point where our actions of kindness literally overwhelm the world’s actions of treachery.
So what does this mean to you today? It means that you must seek to change the way you look at things. The first time I really studied God’s Love and even now, as I revisit it, it has caused me to take self-inventory of my life and actions. You should not receive this kind of Word day-after-day and remain the same. God’s Word demands a response. Now, your initial reaction might be to resist the change. That is understandable, but it does not make it right. Believe that you can really walk in the love of God. Embrace the Word, embrace God, and you will find yourself embracing the change. Once you change your perspective and your belief system, you will be open to the leadership of the Holy Spirit concerning how to act and respond to others. Once you get a new mind into the old body of your new man, then nothing will be impossible to you!
Confession for this day: Lord God. I declare that my mind is renewed daily towards Your belief system. I embrace Your Word, Your will, and Your standard. I am reprogrammed to live and to do according to Your Kingdom principles. I do not respond to evil with evil. I give to those that want to take from me and this kindness causes them to see Jesus in me. Use me Lord as an instrument of kindness that overcomes a world of deceit! Amen.
P.S.) If you are not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ?? Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes. This, after the Holy Spirit changes your will to understand and then obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ… https://godsmanforever.com/2016/12/19/the-gospel-of-our-lord-jesus-christ-12182016-written-by-bruce-r-mills/
To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…
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