The Second Mile
by Cooper P Abrams III
I. The Law of Passiveness. 5:41
2. Jesus shocked His hearers It was not NORMAL to be so passive when abused or imposed upon.
3. Jesus said they were to go another mile!
c. Movie, in old West, the Mennonites refused to fight outlaws who were robbing and killing them. It really upset me. I believe they carried the principle too far.
2. Its the "zapper gun syndrome". Anyone who bothers us in anyway gets ZAPPED!
3. If anyone does something that a person doesn't like or offends them they want to retaliate. But revenge will always backfire on us and it never helps us of the situation.
D. Patience, forbearance and forgiveness have little meaning to many today. Our old nature, called the carnal nature, causes us to have a bent to do things that will harm us all the while seeming to set things right. We a Christians are susceptible to losing our testimony for Christ and failing to show the love of Christ to others when something hurts us.
b. The matter of teaching the children is left to the school or church.
c. Teaching takes TIME, and many parents are to busy to be bothered with taking the time. It take both the husband and the wife to raise children to honor the Lord and live by the principles of God's word.
d. Often, we let other things be more important!
b. Real love which is tolerant, and understanding seems to be missing.
c. Most when they think about it do in fact deeply love their spouse, yet they are irritable, many times they are not happy.
b. The Navy has a flag which sums the feeling up. "DON'T TREAD ON ME".
ILLUS: Sam Jones Methodist Evangelist told the story of being on a Pullman traveling one night after a tiring meeting. A young child was crying and keeping every one awake. He wanted to say something to the father, but thought better of it. Soon, one man unable to take it, hollered at the man and said, Master, for God's sake, why don't you take the baby to his mother and let the rest of us get some sleep. The man replied sobbing, Sir, I sorry I wish her mother could, but she is in a casket, in the baggage coach.
The complaining man got out of his berth, kneeled beside the father and said he was sorry, and offer to take the child and let the father get some sleep.
E. When we are think we are mistreated, or someone is bothering us, lets ask ourselves whether or not they need our sympathy, our prayers, our understanding, and our patience rather than our cruel and caustic rebuffs. You see this it what Christ is telling us to do....this is godly principle that can bring peace and harmony that everyone wishes they had. This can pave the way for finding solutions to problems and correcting conflicts or difficulties that come up.
Folks Jesus is saying we need to go the second mile! To show biblical love and have patience, and to slow down and discern really what the situation really is.
1. The sharp rebuke to the child alone, never helped teach a child patience. The angry response to the child's irritating us, assures that the problems will happen again.
b. Christ wants the best for us! It is better to be humble.
c. Children often need discipline and a sharp rebuke! But with it they need understanding, patience and a show of love.
b. "The meek shall inherit the earth: and delight themselves in the abundance of peace." Prov. 37:11
Proverbs 15:1 "A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger."
c. Matt. 23:12. "Whosoever shall exalt himself shall abased and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted."
d. "Love (Charity) vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up". I Cor. 13:4
e. "With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love" (Eph. 4:2)
Eph. 5:21, "Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of the Lord.
f. Col 3:12, "Put on therefore as the elect of God, holy and beloved, humbleness of mind, meekness.
Col. 3:21 "fathers provoke not your children to anger, least they be discouraged."
2. We are not talking about if one desires it or not.
4. The surest way I know to the divorce court is to take the attitude, he or she does deserve it! Jesus is saying you go the second mile, and the third and on till the matter is resolved.
5. Again a sure way to the divorce court is to simply QUIT!
Offend stress in our lives is caused by physical things.
2. Children who are allowed to eat a lot of sweets are subject to hyper activity. Cut the sweets. It will help them be less obese. Children should be allowed to exercise. The TV is a good baby sitter, but it does not allow them to burn off energy and tone their minds and bodies.
These are simple things to do.
2. Jesus went more that any second mile, He went all the way.
2. Everything in life worthwhile cost something! We ought to be willing to put ourselves second and even last so that our children grow up to be God fearing adults able to raise their children.
So that our families live in harmony, and in peace.
3. Meekness and humility is the price, taking time to be patience, to be longsuffering, is the price we will have to pay.
ILLUS: Geo. W. Truett, a great preacher, preached a message on How to be Happy. It was to accept Christ as Saviour. A young rich man, who had tried all the world has to offer, trusted Christ that day. Six months later, he can back to Dr. Truett and asked for his name to be taken off the church roll. He said he was not happy and he was going back to the life he lived before. Dr. Truett asked him to do one thing, and after that if he wanted they would take his name off the church roll. He asked him to take some groceries to a woman with children who was having a hard time. As he went to knock at the door he heard the woman inside praying for food for here children. When she came to the door she said "Mister you're an angel from heaven." It embarrassed him, to see the woman's happiness and the children hungrily eating the bread. He headed for the door and said I must go! No, said the woman you cannot go till we have thanked God for such a good man coming and bringing us food. The woman asked him, thinking he was a faithful Christian to pray first. He knelt with the widow and prayed and thanked God for his provision. He went back to Dr. Truett and said he wanted his name to remain on the roll. And the jest of why was that before that time he was not really living for the Lord, and doing what he wanted him to do.
Folks, true joy, peace, and happiness is only obtained by giving oneself to others. It takes time, sacrifice and yes humility and meekness, but the reward is worth it all.