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The Measure of Your Loyalty

Loyalty Turn The Other Cheek Love (Divine)

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Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2011-12-28

Scripture: Matthew 5:43

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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ILLUSTRATION

 "You are only as loyal to Jesus as you are to your least favorite person."

APPLICATION

By His substitutionary death for all of mankind, Jesus proved Himself to be loyal to absolutely everyone. Consistent with this doctrine is the call of Scripture that those who have received this act of  love should, likewise, be loyal to all. Even to their enemies! To be disloyal to those for whom Christ died is to be disloyal to Him.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous" (Matthew 5:43-45).

The Blaster

Fact or Fiction? Fear Turn The Other Cheek

Source: CNN.com, "Flamethrowers Now An Option On South African Cars," December 11, 1998

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-01-01

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:7

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Fact of Fiction?  It is legal to have your car retro-fitted with a flame thrower to ward of carjackers in South Africa. Fact!

With carjacking rampant in 1990s South Africa (in excess of 13,000 incidents per year), inventor Charles Fourie patented “The Blaster,” a flame-throwing device that could be retro-fitted to cars to ward off would-be attackers.  “Casting a man-high fireball, reportedly with no damage to the paint, the Blaster … squirts liquefied gas from a bottle in the automobile's trunk through two nozzles, located under the front doors. The gas is then ignited by an electric spark, with fiery consequences.” 

CNN reports that South African courts “allow killing if convinced that it's in self-defense.”  Never mind the fact that flames shoot from both sides of the car simultaneously, posing great risk to pedestrians and passersby.  In a society wherein cars are, for many, a luxury, some were willing to go to great lengths to stay in "the driver’s seat."

APPLICATION

Can you imagine lighting someone on fire to stop them from stealing your car?  Wouldn't it be better to just give them the car?  ". . . Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?" (1 Corinthians 6:7).  

Post Script:  Wondering how the invention fared in its battle against crime? Motortorque.com (http://motortorque.askaprice.com/blog/tag/flamethrower-car/)  reported in 2009 that fewer than 1000 were ever sold, suggesting that criminals simply resorted to shooting their victims from a distance, effectively nullifying the Blaster’s usefulness.

Simon the Leper

Forgiveness Grace Mercy

Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2020-01-13

Scripture: Matthew 26:6

Author: Thomas Bevers
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ILLUSTRATION

"While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper." (NIV).

Jesus dined at Simon the leper, evidently, he was a healed leper. I'd like to think a leper healed by Jesus. But he had to have been healed of his leprosy or he could not have been hosting a "party." Yet he was still known as "Simon the leper." 

He was healed but once a leper always a leper

A leper's life was difficult not just because of the leprosy but maybe more so because leprosy was believed to be a curse from God. It was believed that a leper was a leper because of some heinous sin in their lives and they were under God’s judgment. But when Jesus heals He heals completely 

APPLICATION

Are we guilty of the same thing?

Once a drug addict, once an alcoholic, once an unwed mother, once an illegitimate child, once a divorcee…

He’s Simon the leper.

Once a liar, once a thief, once an adulterer… God forgives but we never forget.

We must receive all those who Jesus receives.

With the exception of…, if you can answer that go back to God and ask Him which of your sins he is still holding against you. 

My Contribution

Humility Success Quotes Praise

Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2019-10-16

Scripture: Philippians 4:13

Author: Thomas Bevers
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Debt Canceled

Forgiveness Grace Debt

Contributed By: Charles Schuyler | Date Posted: 2019-09-15

Scripture: Romans 6:23 ; Ephesians 2:8

Author: Charles Schuyler
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A Second Chance Isn't Always A Great Thing

Second Chances Justice Forgiveness

Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2018-09-14

Scripture: Matthew 18:21 ; Jonah 2:1

Author: Thomas Bevers
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What Job Knew

Humility Trust (In God) Suffering

Contributed By: Corey Sawyers | Date Posted: 2018-09-08

Scripture: Job 19:25 ; Job 40:1

Author: Corey Sawyers
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Are You Hardcore?

Love (Divine) Discipline (Self) Die To Self

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-01-04

Scripture: Matthew 5:43 ; Romans 5:8

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Look What You Made Me Do

Revenge Forgiveness Anger

Contributed By: Major Dalton | Date Posted: 2017-10-29

Scripture: Proverbs 19:11 ; Romans 12:17

Author: Major Dalton
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Spite Is Always A Bad Investment

Revenge Forgiveness Retribution

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-06-19

Scripture: Matthew 5:39

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