The Second Mile

BethanySMC - Thursday, 1 March 2012 08:42

And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Matt 5:41

I spent much time thinking of the application for this truth and commandment. Considering the context and looking deeper into the word of God, I found that Jesus himself, by his own example, illustrated and applied this truth better then anyone else.

His love for you and me compelled him to leave the glory and honor in order to rescue us from everlasting death and torment. When the call was made in heavens, “who will go for us?,” He was ready and willing to go as far as needed to save us. He went the extra mile seeking benefit of those who will crucify Him, who will not be thankful and appreciate Him. When He was given the cross to carry, he carried it to the last ounce of strength that was left in his beaten and bruised body. Willing to do something that is not enjoyable, something that no one would like to do or take part in. Enduring pain and suffering death, He left us an example to follow. I cannot see a more powerful example than this. 

How do I apply His example and the words that he has taught “And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain” in my life? You see, His love for you and me made Him willing to go to the cross and gave him the strength to endure what he did. The very same way, my love for Him and others will sustain me in going the “unpopular” road – when I am asked to do something that my flesh would not enjoy. Doing more than what is just required, seeking the best interest of those who can easily spit in your face, instead of thank you. This is the way of the cross; this is the way of Jesus.

Sometimes we are compelled to go down that road just to remain honest and pure – rejecting the temptation of riches, ease and passions.

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