41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. (Matthew 5:41 NIV)
When we go the extra mile we then to consider this a work of simply doing more. However, the real though behind this is to bear another’s burden longer than would seem necessary, to walk beside someone throughout their journey, not just fo are time.
When we bear up alongside someone for a greater period of time we tend to understand them better. When we take the extra time to go well beyond what is asked we demonstrate our dedication, loyalty and compassion.
When forced the first mile we are compelled, the second mile is where we are commiserate.
27 “But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. 28 Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. (Luke 6:27-28 NLT)
Do any of us truly have enemies? Probably not. Do we encounter people who do not treat us right, you bet.
Our response to those is what is most important. Getting mad and harboring animosity, typically, only harms us not them. We take into ourselves the negativity and allow it to fester within.
How much better to love our enemies. To not allow them any power over our inner being and pray instead for their well being and our reconciliation. This does more for us and for them than any angst we might hold on to.
4 Get up, for it is your duty to tell us how to proceed in setting things straight. We are behind you, so be strong and take action.” (Ezra 10:4 NLT)
Be strong and take action. We are not meant to sit idly by waiting for others to make decisions for us. We are meant to move forward in confidence even if we sometimes fail. For, without failure there is no real progress.
14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? 15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” (Romans 10:14-15 NLT)
Everyone likes hearing good news. With so much bad news assailing us, good news is a breath of fresh air. And what of the messengers of this news, how much more are we appreciative of them?
In many places The Good News is not necessarily well received. We must first build trust with others to impart this good news. Once they have witnessed how we live do they begin to see the embodiment of that Good News.
Bless today the feet of the messengers, as their good news brings with it great joy.
46 “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? 47 I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. 48 It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. 49 But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house right on the ground, without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.” (Luke 6:46-49 NLT)
A solid foundation, no matter what we are talking about, is the key to sustainability. If a foundation is weak then whatever is built upon it will be easily shaken. Our faith most of all.
Building a strong faith upon the foundation and following of the Word will allow us to weather life’s storms.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good.
His unfailing love continues forever,
and his faithfulness continues to each generation. (Psalm 100:4-5 NLT)
God’s unfailing love deserves our gratitude and praise. We, the sinful and unlovable, are counted at sons and daughters. Looking to Christ for our salvation, then accepting his unconditional love…what more could we ask?
Who else will accept us with all our warts and many failings. Only Christ through his blood.
This is a great mystery and a great thanksgiving!
14 And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. 15 And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for. (1 John 5:!4-15 NLT)
Prayer is one of the strongest forces in the world we have at our disposal. When we ask for God to intervene He will do so. It may not be in the way we expect but we can rest assured that He is moving in response to our prayer.
Thus, we should pray and wait expectantly upon the Lord.