Four Radical Choices that Can Change Your Life

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We’re bombarded daily with ideas or products that might enrich our lives. But here are four radical choices you can make, four “actions” you can take, that will not only change your life, but the lives of others around you:

1. Love Your Enemies

Love does strange things to people. You can’t control if or how it affects those who hate you. But you can make the radical choice. And it will change you. Praying for them? Definitely. The two go together, like hamburgers in a bun. But I say, love your enemies. Pray for those who persecute you. In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:44-45, NLT).

2. Turn the Other Cheek

And get clobbered? Are you kidding? No one likes to suffer, especially if you’re right. Turning the other cheek doesn’t mean ignoring evil. But it does mean assigning revenge to the One who introduced this radical choice. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also (Matthew 5:39, NIV).

3. Go the Second Mile

Too much to ask? What’s required is…human, and expected. But going the second mile…is divine. And if done for the right reason, without being asked, this radical action won’t promote pride or ladder-climbing. But it will change you and others. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. (Matthew 5:41, NIV).

4. Forgive One Another, as You Have Been Forgiven

Too hard? For sure! Holding grudges–the very word sounds grungy, don’t you think? Others may not accept it. And none of us deserve it. But releasing anger, hurt, and bitterness will not only change you. It will set you free. If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. (Matthew 6:14, NLT).

We Need Jesus’ Help to Change

Only Jesus can help us choose these radical actions. And only Jesus can affect the change–in us, and in others. You can’t change your own life, but Jesus can.

Can you become a Christian by doing these things? No. We do these things because we are a Christian–a “Christ-one.” When by faith and repentance we choose to follow Jesus, He does the changing–and helps us to do the choosing.

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How have these choices affected you? Please leave your comments below.

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    7 Responses to “Four Radical Choices that Can Change Your Life”

    1. Karen Anderson on November 11th, 2013 8:51 am

      Good things are not always easy to do. It’s very counter-intuitive to “love your enemy” or “turn the other cheek”, but King Jesus did exactly that. So, if that’s what He modeled for us, that’s enough reason for me to do the same.

      I’m finally realizing, though, that I can’t do it with any ulterior motives. Even if the “enemy” doesn’t respond with love or repentance… Even if they return pain or hatred… it doesn’t matter. All that means anything is that we please our King with what we do and leave any consequences for that other poor soul to his or her Creator.

      Psalm 51 says that, at the end of our lives, we each stand alone before our Lord…

      3 For I know my transgressions,

      and my sin is always before me.

      4 Against you, you only, have I sinned

      and done what is evil in your sight;

      so you are right in your verdict

      and justified when you judge.

      5 Surely I was sinful at birth,

      sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

      6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;

      you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

      …To my own Master I stand or fall, and that goes for all of us, precious souls.

      <3 Karen

    2. ube on November 12th, 2013 9:39 am

      Every sunday I make Jesus my Lord and saviour but once I get out of church I go straight to smoking and drinking.
      What can I do to overcome this? Please help me I need Jesus in my life 24/7

    3. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on November 15th, 2013 2:35 pm

      Thanks for your comments, Karen. So true that we can’t do this things in our own strength! And these are not easy things to do.

    4. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on November 15th, 2013 2:42 pm

      Ube, only Jesus can give you the courage, strength and power to overcome those habits. But He often uses accountability friends to help us through the rough times–those who are strong believers who could keep you accountable. The story is told of someone who passed by a hole in the road and fell in. He decided he wanted to avoid doing that. So he tried to walk over it, but still fell in. The next time he tried to walk around it, but still fell in. The last time he took a different path. May the Lord help you find that new path, and the reasons why you continue walking the old ones.Sometimes when we know the why’s, the how’s will follow. You will be in our prayers.

    5. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on November 21st, 2013 9:06 pm

      Indeed, Karen, it is hard to make these choices. But they really do change us–and sometimes others, too. But the most important thing, as you said, is that Jesus modeled them for us. Thanks for writing.

    6. Blessing on July 16th, 2014 7:02 am

      I lied to my most beautiful loving girlfriend i even said thing about her and her family now she s crossed angry bitter and she no longer talking to me will God ever forgive me and bring her back?

    7. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on July 16th, 2014 2:39 pm

      God offers unconditional forgiveness. But we still live with the consequences of our actions.I can’t answer how someone else will respond. But continually showing God’s love and kindness will always change us, if we let it.

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