Just Announced: Philippians Sermon Series

Summary: No where in the bible does it tell us to treat people the way we want to or to get even with those who don't like us. The bible does teach us not to stoop to their level.

What was Jesus really trying to teach us in Matthew chapter 5:41 when Jesus says. “If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.” Is he really talking about carrying someone’s back pack. Or is he saying sometimes like it takes more than two miles to get to know who someone really is. When you walk 4 miles in someone else’s shoes maybe you will begin to understand more about who they really are. And the truth is most of don’t witness and share our faith when only talking to someone for about 15 minutes. How long does it take you to start talking to someone about your faith. How long does it take before you start to disciple someone you are talking to? 15, minutes --- 1 mile 30, minutes ---2 miles 45, minutes ---third mile. An hour.---fourth mile. It takes about an hour or more to walk 4 miles. It takes a good hour to begin to get to know a person. So how long does it take for you to make up your mind. Hey I like this person or hey I don’t like this person? Maybe we make too many snap decisions

And not enough “conscience striken.” 1 Samuel 24:5 decisions.

As believers, you, too, will have opportunities to choose what you want to do and what is right. Show kindness and mercy. Showing kindness and mercy is not dependent on what you have received from people. Showing kindness depends on your character. What you do or say to others does not define them…it defines you.

Davis says to Saul: There is old proverb 13 As that old proverb says, ‘From evil people come evil deeds.’ I wonder if you really believe and trust in God that he will take care of your enemies, those who talk about you and hate you and curse you and mistreat you. Or do you try to take care of your enemies yourself?

It is easy to compare your life and your sins to someone else’s life and their sin. But God did not call us to compare our life to someone else’s life. God calls us to compare our life to the life of Christ. That is where the bible impacts our lives today the most.

People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw rocks. ‘To live in a glass house' is used as a figure of speech’ You shouldn’t be criticizing others when you have similar faults and weaknesses of your own.

Closing: Is your heart contrite and repenting? Realizing your own weaknesses, faults and failures? Are you forgiving of others? What I have discovered is this. If I love my enemies God will love me. If I treat those who speak evil of me God will speak favor on me. If I bless those who curse me will speak blessings on me.If I pray for those who mistreat me God will answer my prayers.

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