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Lesson # Matt. 5:41-42
Study Material - Matt. 5:41-42
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41 'And whoever shall force you to go one mile, go with him two. 42 'Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.
Be helpful and charitable in life. Be helpful in going the extra mile and give to those who are in need. This is a mental attitude of unselfishness and in doing more than is expected of you.
To often we are asked to do things in life, and we do those things only. Ask a kid to pick up their room and they 'sort of' pick things up. More like they rearrange them, or just shuffle them around. Ask them to pick the toys and they leave the clothes, the food wrappers, other things on the floor. But you did not say to pick up those things!
Go to work and do just the things that you were hired to do? Go the extra mile and do more than is in your job description. Don't be so rigid in your thinking. Don't respond with, 'Its the companies policy that we do only this or that.' That kind of sounds like the kids response. Be flexible. There are many things in life that you can do that will be helpful to others, not only at work, but at home, in the neighborhood, socially, and perhaps charitably.
Think of the service that you would expect when you go into a store shopping. Sometimes you cannot find anyone to help. Sometimes they are always hanging around (car salesmen). Sometimes they can't answer your questions. Other times they try to steer you in some direction other than where you want to go.
So now you apply these standards to your own life. Know your business, know your specialty, be available when others need you (children, spouse). Be polite, and helpful, but not critical or obnoxious. Most of all, do not attach strings to your good efforts. Don't attach conditions to your helpfulness. Don't have the attitude that you'll do this or that, or give this or give that, but only if certain conditions are met. That is not helpfulness or charity, but coercion. The results will more likely be resentful rather than thankfulness.
Why this attitude? Well we'll get into the 'love everyone' tomorrow, but this is leading up to that topic. Actually all of these last few verses have been leading up to that topic. Your mind has to be free from antagonism, free from guilt, free from worry, free from selfishness, free from greed. You need to be committed and oriented to Gods plan for your life as well as everyone else's life.
Understand that many people in this world will not see the blessings that you, as a mature believer, will see. Some people are unbelievers and therefore their happiness, if any, will be confined to this life in this world. They may be nice people and they may be jerks, but no matter. It is not your place nor mine to deny them, or even to try to harm them further. In the end they will die and then they will be in a tormenting lake of fire eventually, and forever. So if they have any pleasure in life, or entitled to any help, then it is certainly from you and in this life. They may even turn their attitude around and believe in Christ because of what they observe in your life. Who knows?
There are many believers in this world that are negative toward God. Now unlike unbelievers, they will be going to heaven, but their status in heaven will be in that 'least' category, while your status in heaven will be in that 'greater' category. Sure they will have a resurrection body, no more sorrow, no more tears, etc., but that is about all. As a mature believer you will have these things and much, much more. There are blessings and rewards beyond the basic ones in eternity, for mature believers.
Therefore, on this earth, believers who are negative will more likely be miserable, because they will suffer under discipline, they won't have the capacity that you have in order to face problems. They will be unstable, full of worry, and anxiety. They will not have any true security in their lives. So it again falls upon you to help where help is needed, and to give where that need is required as well.
This attitude doesn't cost you much but perhaps a little more attention to the needs of others. You should be alert to the needs of others anyway, and more so than the needs of yourself. God, in doctrine, will take care of you, so you should be comfortable in your life, oriented to everything around you, and secure. Whereas there will be others who are not any of these things. They will be disoriented, insecure, misled by worldly issues and philosophies, and even in their own purpose in life.
So you can help by example, and from the excesses of your God given prosperity. Again, you might even see others become positive toward God as a result of your life which they observe.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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