Four Radical Choices that Can Change Your Life
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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It’s Your Turn
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