Guilt, Shame, Fear, Effort, and Lack. These are the tools of a broken and corrupt world. It’s the Janet Jackson mentality, “What have you done for ME lately?” If you do something for me, I will do something for you. But, you go first.
Why is there so much guilt, shame, and fear? Why do you experience so much of it? Why is it so hard to get free from it? It’s important that we find a way to freedom.. You can’t give grace if you haven’t received it. You can’t give resources if you don’t believe you have enough. You can’t encourage others if you have no courage within you. You can’t bless without experiencing blessing.
Return Good for Evil. What are we supposed to do when someone mistreats, betrays, or hurts us? Don’t we often experience resentment? Unforgiveness? A desire to get even? But, that’s how it works in the world. Is Jesus being unreasonable? How can the culture of Heaven possibly be used or applied in a corrupt world? Isn’t that the problem? Does heaven even fit here? How do we return good for evil?
Jesus presents four scenarios in Matthew 5:38-42. It seems he is teaching us that when things go too far, we should do something about it. We should transform the loss into a gift. Don’t get unwillingly robbed; instead go farther and make the theft a gift.
But, why not try God out on this one? Why not see if God will restore what the enemy steals? Why not see if God will deal with the offenses and the offender? Why not let God be the judge who decides justly and you be the citizen who heaps kindness, blessing, and prayer upon those that harm you? Learn to change your mind about the world’s way. Instead, decide that God’s Way is better.