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The Second Mile - Part 1 (5 of 8)
Series: Shoe Leather Christianity
2 Corinthians 8:1-5
INTRODUCTION: In Matthew 5:38-42 of the Beatitudes, Jesus spoke of the Second Mile.
''You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.''
It's as though Jesus is calling upon His followers to do more than the norm; go over and above.
Thinking through these challenges it is apparent that you can't lead someone you don't influence. Undoubtedly through the years Jesus has had great influence in His followers lives. To illustrate 11 of His 12 disciples died as martyrs.
To experience ''second mile'' living one has to understand:
The power or right to direct or control someone.
Example: Jesus heals a centurion's servant
''And Jesus said to him, ''I will come and heal him.''
The centurion answered and said, ''Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and to another, 'Come,' and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it.''
''If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.''
''As iron sharpens iron,
So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.''
Speaks of a willingness to ...
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