“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

– Matthew 5:38-42 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

What a radical teaching. Yet Jesus wants his followers to realize that we are to live in a radically different way from others. We are called to lay down our rights for the sake of others. Christians have been chosen by God to go the extra mile. This type of lifestyle will not only challenge those around us, it will become a work of grace in our hearts as we learn what it means to follow in the ways of Jesus.

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