Monday, November 18, 2019

Daily Devotion: Say What!

Bible Reading: Matthew 5:33-42

Key Verse: Verse 39 – "But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also."

Key Words: but whosoever will smite thee on the right cheek, turn to him the other also

Dr. Rod Mattoon writes: “When I attended Normal Community High School, home of the Ironmen (yea!), I went out for the track team for two years. The month of February and March were difficult months because we were getting in shape for the season. This involved a lot of running in track practice after school. There were times we would have to run a mile at practice. If our coach was not pleased with our performance, we would have to run more laps, sometimes another extra mile. That was rough, believe me! I remember one time, puking on the track after such a practice. Going the second mile is uncomfortable and not easy at all and what Jesus is instructing us to do in this section of His sermon is by far not easy either.”

We live in a country where we are very concerned about our rights. Movements have been developed for civil rights, women’s rights, children’s rights, workers’ rights, prisoners’ rights, and so on. The principles given here go against the grain because we have to surrender our rights to be in compliance with what the Lord is instructing us to do.

What to do:
✞ Remember, it’s better to turn the other cheek than to live in constant conflict.

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