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The Way of Jesus | On Retaliation and Becoming People of Peace | October 4 | Midtown Fellowship: Downtown in Columbia, SC

Jesus challenges us to have a GOD World (Kingdom) approach to retaliation. Our normal approach to being sued is to defend ourselves or counter sue. That is not the Jesus Way! Jesus has a better way.

  • Jesus challenges us to give our enemies what they want and then overwhelm them with love and generosity by giving them something precious they didn’t ask for.
  • GOD’s goal for us is to love. GOD’s way is generosity.
  • Our heavenly Father doesn’t want us to retaliate.
  • Being generous gains attention for GOD where retaliation is expected.

Jesus sets a standard for us that requires us to tap into the power of the Holy Spirit. It is the power of love.

And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.

English Standard Version. (2016). (Matthew 5:40). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

The original law was a fair one; it kept people from forcing the offender to pay a greater price than the offense deserved. It also prevented people from taking personal revenge.

Yeshua [Jesus] replaced a law with an attitude: be willing to suffer loss yourself rather than cause another to suffer. Of course, He applied this to personal insults, not to groups or nations.

The person who retaliates only makes himself and the offender feel worse; and the result is a settled war and not peace.

It is the strong man who can love and suffer hurt; it is the weak man who thinks only of himself and hurts others to protect himself. He hurts others then runs away to protect himself.