Going The Extra Mile
In a perfect world, we’d all play nice with each other, and we’d all get on just fine. But, obviously, we don’t live in a perfect world. And that means that sometimes, people are going to hurt us and do horrible things to us.
When someone wrongs you, how do you respond?
We’ve all heard that line about going the extra mile. And yet, we live in a world where you struggle to find anyone who’s even prepared to go the first mile with you, let alone the second.
“Going the extra mile,” speaks about a goodness and gentleness in someone. It’s about commitment and honesty and profound decency and faithfulness during the tough times. Jesus presents this idea in Matthew 5:39-41.
In this world, the person who goes the extra mile, well, they’re definitely going to stand out from the crowd. We love to meet those sorts of people in our lives. Those people who hang with us, even when the going gets tough, even when we don’t deserve it.
When someone wrongs us our first instinct, often, is to lash out. In part, it’s a protective mechanism, but all too often, we want justice, we want recompense, we want revenge. What we want, is to hurt them the way they hurt us, only with a double helping.
Now whilst that’s all a very human response to a wrong, it’s not the best response. It’s not the response that God is looking for. Galatians 6:1 says: “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.”
When someone wrongs us, responding with gentleness isn’t always the first thing that springs to mind. And yet, it’s the godly response. When someone does something wrong, the motivation that should be in our hearts, is the same motivation that God had in His heart, when He sent Jesus to die for us.
That motivation should be, to make that person right again; to bring them back into the fold. And by far, the best way to do that, is in a gentle way. Show someone today a spirit of gentleness and go the extra mile with them.