August 9, 2022     3:49 pm
321. Week of Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity - Friday
Do not resist the evil
          But I say to you, That you do not resist the evil; but whosoever shall smite you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue you at the law, and take away your coat, let him have your cloak also. And whosoever shall compel you to go a mile, go with him two. Give to him that asks of you, and from him that would borrow of you turn not away.   Mathew 5:39-42
          These words of the Saviour are often ridiculed and badly misunderstood. Let us apply them to the life of the Christians, God's children, which they lead among one another.- Perhaps your fellow-Christian, possibly by some fault of yours, is overcome with anger, and smites you on your right cheek. What then is your Christian duty? Should you take revenge? By no means! Very meekly turn to him the other cheek also. Surely, he will soon see his wrong and love you. And then all will be well, won't it? Or your fellow-Christian, in the heat and zeal of an argument, positively thinks that he has a right to your coat, and would go to law with you about it. Why, Christian, let him have your cloak also! In so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head and gain your brother, which will be the greatest gain. Or, maybe, your fellow-Christian, with a persistence that smacks much of arrogance, compels you to go with him a mile. Go with him two! That will tend more to make your brother modest in future than if you would quarrel and remonstrate with him, or flatly refuse his request. Or your fellow-Christian may be in trouble and wishes to borrow money from you. Should you say: My money belongs to me, and I owe you nothing? No, do not turn away from him in this manner, but give to your brother! Do you note that what the Lord Jesus says here only emphasises that brotherly love which is born of true faith?
          PRAYER: - Lord Jesus, through Your Holy Spirit grant me that tender consideration and heavenly wisdom of true brotherly love which is born of true faith in You, that I may not in any way be a hindrance to my brother and neighbour, but be serviceable to him on our mutual way to eternal life. Amen.

Third Part : The Christian's Life and Death
August 9, 2022     3:49 pm