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.
- Hate = Kill (check out Watch Your Mouth)
- 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.
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.
Come back soon.