41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.
An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. This section starts out with these words, but it ends with something unexpected. The chapter goes on to say if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn the other cheek. If anyone sues you, give them your coat as well. Then we are lead to verse forty-one above. Going the extra mile.
I used to work at Chick-fil-a and a goal as a staff member was “second mile service” This meant going the extra mile to make sure customers were happy. Even when customers are not going the extra mile to make your job easier. I know God put me there to test me. He wanted me to experience customer service at its finest, in the fast food industry. Boy did I ever. Most customers were pleasant, but in the mornings customers were oddly rude.
Just being honest! We have all been there. I am not a morning person so I understand. The point is Jesus was calling me to love. Despite the disrespect and occasional yelling, I was called to love, turn the other cheek, and go the extra mile to make sure they were happy. These values were instilled, but never truly tested until this job.
Going the extra mile means loving people who aren’t easy to love. It means loving the guy who cuts you off on the highway. It means loving the people who you hate even being around. If we as Christians can’t show Jesus to these people, I doubt anyone else is. We might be the only chance someone has to see love today. Get uncomfortable, get your hands dirty, and start loving people like Jesus loves you.
Am I going the extra mile?
Do I live out 1 Corinthians 13:4-7?
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Dear Lord, thank you for your guidance and never ending love for us. May we use your love for us to share with others. Help us to get uncomfortable and remind us loving isn’t easy, but it’s worth it. You are so good. I love you. Amen.
Have a great weekend!