I Have My Rights!

Make friends [agree - NKJV] quickly with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way, in order that your opponent may not deliver you to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. (Matt 5:25 NASB)

So Jesus takes “Thou shalt not kill” and makes 3 cases. We took a quick peek at the first two in earlier posts.

  1. Hate = Kill (check out Watch Your Mouth)
  2. Broken relationship in the body breaks relationship with the Father. (Check out Put Away Your Wallet and Relationship - Fix it first - Pray later)

There is one more place that Jesus wants to mess with us. And if you happen to be a citizen of the USA, this one might hurt. I know it speaks to everyone, everywhere, but we citizens of the US have a hard time letting go of one thing.

OUR RIGHTS

Jesus makes the case here that we should make a deal with someone who is taking us to court, rather than having a judge decide for us. This is talking about civil court where you are being sued or suing over a property dispute or the like. The point is that we must not hold on to our rights more tightly than our relationships. [Tweet This]

Again our relationship with our neighbor should trump any argument we have over stuff.

Thanks for reading today

Come back soon.

Ben

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0 thoughts on “I Have My Rights!

  1. snowgood

    Your post is a great reminder of a Road Traffic accident I had some 35 years back. One minute all was going well, and then bang my whole car shook as I watched an ancient Austin coursing down the side of my acr and then into a hedge.

    The guy was fuming, and much bigger than me. I reckon he was doing twice the speed limit, but technically i was in the wrong. He said he needed his car to go to college. Somehow I escaped a good beating.

    Then he noticed the text in my back window (no idea what it was ) and his note changed. Are you a Christian?
    Er, yes.
    Ah well that's different.
    You can have my insurance details.
    No we mustn't do that!
    He quickly quoted 1 Corinthains 6:1 and asked if we could meet up the following evening.
    He said "call it £5, I can pick up a second hand headlight for that". I gave himme themoney, but only after hearing he'd been involved in all manner of evil stuff, often been locked up in padded cells for his own good!
    He was what you might call a real BORN AGAIN Christian.
    Wow.
    How many of my brothers & sisters in Christ have taken scripture so seriously in the intervening years, not many!

    Loved your piece, thanks for re-igniting my faith in what a difference the Holy Spirit can make in one man's life.

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  2. Caddo Veil

    Oh dear--that "neighbor" thing. i could write a big long story about that, but I'll spare you. The short version is that, after 4 or 5 years, God told me "enough's enough" and reminded me of the "shake the dust off your sandals" verse. So the neighbor and I are polite--he's not interested in Jesus, at ALL--and I'm not required to feed, and put up, with him... God bless you ant the family, Ben--love, sis Caddo

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    1. Ben Nelson

      That is a really interesting line drawn only by the Spirit. We must be careful of not using it for an excuse, but when God says so - then - well HE IS THE BOSS - right?
      Thanks as always, Ben

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      1. Caddo Veil

        I agree it's not to be used as an excuse--which is why it took 4 or 5 years to "stop, already". And I still put it before God on occasion, to ask if there's something He wants me to do for this dude.

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          1. Caddo Veil

            Ben, I have to laugh at that--this neighbor dude once told me that I have a "good heart". I did shock him last month--we hadn't spoken since New Year's, and I brought him my super-brownies for his birthday--it could be that proximity "forces" us to some good works: if he didn't live below my bedroom, I might not feel inclined to even minimal effort. So you see, I'm not even close to sainthood!

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  3. Jeff

    Wow. This is something that God has really been driving home to me, lately, as well. It's a very tough "pill" to swallow in a land where our "rights" are pretty much an idol.

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