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How To Do Right When You Have Done Wrong (9 of 23)
The Greatest Sermon Ever Preached
1. A LEGAL RESPONSE
a) The Demands of the Law
b) The Distortion of the Law
2. A LONGSUFFERING RESPONSE
a) The Reproach that is Experienced
b) The Restraint that is Expressed
3. A LOVING RESPONSE
a) A Contrast in Actions
b) A Contrast in Attitudes
In the past few months there have been a series of revenge shootings in the Chattanooga area. A couple of months ago, just a few blocks from here, a young man was shot and killed in retaliation for the shooting death of a man a couple of days earlier. The most recent was this past Tuesday with a drive-by shooting that left one man dead and another fighting for his life. Chattanooga Police spokesman Tom Layne suggested that it may have been an act of retaliation over a fight at a local grocery store last month.
There is something about human nature that wants to retaliate and seek revenge when we are done wrong. Our natural inclination is always to fight back and get even. Alfred Hitchcock said, "Revenge is sweet and not fattening." One said, "There's nothing wrong with revenge. It is the best way to get even."
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."
As we continue looking at the Sermon on the Mount, we come to the fifth illustrati ...
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