Monday, February 13, 2012

Motivation

I found some motivation yesterday for school, fitness, relationships, life. It was a combination of events but this verse that I know so well was read to me and it was just what I needed to hear.

Matthew 5:38-48

Eye for Eye
    38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’[a] 39 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. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
Love for Enemies
    43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[b] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

copied from biblegateway.com

A cool story about this: My pastor was preaching on this verse among others so, usually a church member reads the scripture before the sermon begins. Yesterday was Boy Scout Sunday and some local scouts were helping out, among them my friend, a Jew, who led the congregation in prayer and read the scripture. That's what I call going the extra mile.  

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