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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.

Forever Dependent

Dependence on God Humility Gratitude

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2021-03-28

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:9

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

There is perhaps no greater picture of total dependence than that of an infant rooting for its mother’s milk. The toddler may insist on holding a cup of milk by himself, but he is just as dependent on his parents to provide it.  And the dairy farmer, who owns the cows that produce the milk, is just as dependent on his Creator to provide the straw needed to feed his cows.

APPLICATION

At some point in our growth and development, most of us begin to think that we have arrived at a point of independence.  We make the mistake of thinking that by taking on more responsibility, we have become independent.   

But we never have, nor will we ever, create our own necessary food, or the universe in which it is cultivated, or the people who grow it, or the teeth that crush it, or the saliva the begins to break it down, or the stomach that digests it, or the biological system that delivers it to the individual cells of the body.  

At the height of our abilities, we only ever play a minuscule role in providing for ourselves.  But that doesn't stop us from looking at our successes and thinking, "I've got this."  

The truth of the matter is that we don't have this, but God does have us. Let a stroke take that tiny part of our independence away and we very quickly come to the realization of just how totally dependent on God we really are.

The point is God has a purpose not just for the provisions He provides but even for the trials that seem to set us back.  Blind and arrogant as we are to our total dependence on God, we often need His help to see the truth.  Sometimes that help comes in the form of helplessness.

"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me" (2 Corinthians 12:9). 

What If God Canceled Us?

Forgiveness Politics God's Love

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2021-03-28

Scripture: 2 Peter 3:9 ; Hebrews 7:25

Author: Neal Pollard
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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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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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