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Old 05-18-2022, 06:05 AM   #1
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Choosing Love over Rights
Matthew 5:38-48
We talk a lot about rights these days. Yet the attention given to human entitlements hasnít brought about corporate or personal freedom. Instead, most people are prisoners of jealousy (you have greater rights than I do!), greed (I deserve more!), or bitterness (my rights have been violated!).
Instead of focusing on the privileges due us, we should take the biblical perspective of loving enemies and forgiving persecutors (Matt. 5:44). Believers lay down their rights so they can take up the cause of a holy kingdom. That doesnít mean that we let people trample on us. Rather, we offer a proper response according to biblical principles. In short, believers should be more concerned about showing Godís love to those who do wrong than about demanding their rights.
Maybe youíre thinking, But he doesnít know how Iíve been mistreated. Indeed I do not. But what I do know is how Jesus Christ, our example, reacted to terrible abuse. He was betrayed by His friends, persecuted by His people, condemned by His peers, and crucified for our sins. Yet He said, ďFather, forgive themĒ (Luke 23:34).
Before assuming that Jesusí capacity for forgiveness and love is out of reach for mere human beings, remember: His Spirit dwells in believers. We can choose to give away our rights and let Godís love work through us.
Luke 6:29 says to turn the other cheek and give up more than is asked because expressing love outweighs exerting our rights. You canít lose when you show others the boundless care of the Lord. You gain His blessing, and, hopefully, someone will be saved because of your example.
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Old 05-18-2022, 06:25 AM   #2
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Amen sir
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Old 05-18-2022, 06:26 AM   #3
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Amen Bro Bill
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Old 05-18-2022, 06:26 AM   #4
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Thanks Bro. Bill
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Old 05-18-2022, 06:28 AM   #5
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Great words this.

The fish are biting, and there's hogs to be kill-t. Gotta go!
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Old 05-18-2022, 06:33 AM   #6
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Thank you Bro. Bill, and AMEN! Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty
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Old 05-18-2022, 06:40 AM   #7
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Awesome stuff Bro. Bill!! Something I am struggling with right now.
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Old 05-18-2022, 07:20 AM   #8
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Old 05-18-2022, 07:38 AM   #9
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Old 05-18-2022, 07:53 AM   #10
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Old 05-18-2022, 08:06 AM   #11
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What a great word! I'm betting that many of us a struggling with this right now. I know that I am!

I watched a thief walk out of Walmart with a $2 soda, I watched a man dressed as a woman walk by, I watched young (perfectly capable) adults riding around on an electric handicap cart through the store, and my thoughts were not very kind in any of those situations. It sucks to know that our world is spiraling further and further away from "the good ole days".

I'm constantly reminding people that politicians are not going to fix anything. Only God can repair the brokenness that we are seeing right now. Then I get convicted myself wondering, how are they going to know God if all I'm doing is walking about shaking my head in disgust when I see them? That's not the way that Christ loved. The way that Christ loved actually attracted sinners in so that he could teach them the LOVE of God.

I may not be able to transform the heart of a thief, a dude dressed as a woman, or adults who have no respect for the disabled; but God can! I just need to do my part by loving God with all of my mind heart and soul and loving my neighbor as myself and let God do the rest.
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Old 05-18-2022, 08:26 AM   #12
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Amen.
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Old 05-18-2022, 08:30 AM   #13
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Amen, brother!! ^^^
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Old 05-18-2022, 09:05 AM   #14
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Thank you Bro. Bill.
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Old 05-18-2022, 09:10 AM   #15
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Old 05-18-2022, 12:51 PM   #16
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What a great word! I'm betting that many of us a struggling with this right now. I know that I am!

I watched a thief walk out of Walmart with a $2 soda, I watched a man dressed as a woman walk by, I watched young (perfectly capable) adults riding around on an electric handicap cart through the store, and my thoughts were not very kind in any of those situations. It sucks to know that our world is spiraling further and further away from "the good ole days".

I'm constantly reminding people that politicians are not going to fix anything. Only God can repair the brokenness that we are seeing right now. Then I get convicted myself wondering, how are they going to know God if all I'm doing is walking about shaking my head in disgust when I see them? That's not the way that Christ loved. The way that Christ loved actually attracted sinners in so that he could teach them the LOVE of God.

I may not be able to transform the heart of a thief, a dude dressed as a woman, or adults who have no respect for the disabled; but God can! I just need to do my part by loving God with all of my mind heart and soul and loving my neighbor as myself and let God do the rest.
Amen!! The change needed is ME!
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Old 05-18-2022, 10:53 PM   #17
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Amen!
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Old 05-18-2022, 10:59 PM   #18
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So true..society needs to get back to GOD'S words and meaning

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Old 05-18-2022, 11:30 PM   #19
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Amen Bro. Bill, thanks.
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Old 05-19-2022, 04:50 AM   #20
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It starts right here
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Old 05-19-2022, 07:20 AM   #21
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Thanks for a good one.
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Old 05-20-2022, 06:40 AM   #22
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