The Rules of Retaliation (7 of 16) by Steve Wagers

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The Rules of Retaliation (7 of 16)
Series: The Constitution of Christianity
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Matthew 5: 38-42

1. The Regular Response that is Natural!
A) The Purpose that the Law Served
B) The Perversion that the Law Suffered
2. The Recommended Response that is Unnatural!
A) An Insult they could Encounter
B) An Injury they should Evade
3. The Righteous Response that is Supernatural!
A) An Extreme Action
B) An Excellent Attitude

I think about a fellow that was sitting at a restaurant counter eating when this big bully walked over and for no reason at all chopped him across the neck and said, "That's Judo from Japan."

The fellow didn't say anything and continued eating. In a few minutes the bully walked back over and grabbed him and threw him across his shoulder and slammed him on the floor and said, "That's Karate from Korea."

The fellow didn't say anything and got up and left the restaurant. In a few minutes he walked back in and "Wham!" hit the big man across the head. As the bully lay unconscious on the floor, the fellow looked down at him, smiled, and said, "That's a crowbar from Sears and Roebuck."

I think of a mother who ran into the bedroom when she heard her 7-year old son screaming. She found his little 2-year-old sister pulling his hair. She gently released the little girl's grip and said to her son, "She didn't mean it. She doesn't know that it hurts." He nodded his head and his mother left the room.

As she started down the hall the little girl screamed at the top of her voice. She ran back into the room and asked her son what happened, to which he said, "She knows now!"

There is something about our human nature that wants to retaliate, and seek revenge, when we are done wrong. Our natural inclination is to fight back; not to get mad, but to get even. Many would love to live by the words of Alfred Hitchcock, "Revenge is sweet, and non-fattening."

Beginning in verse 20, Jesus began a new section regarding ...


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