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Helping by going the extra mile

Written by Emelia Darko Adzimah & Worlanyo Komla Adzimah.

"Then Jesus came to them and said, “And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away. “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore, you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. (NKJV) Matt 5:41-48

One day a preacher was teaching on helping others. He talked about how people borrow and never keep their word of paying back! He was a little upset and advised that it is better not to lend huge sums of money to them because of the possibility of no payback and went further and asked to tell our borrowers we cannot lend them because we are not banks! How it made a lot of sense that day because we have had several personal experiences regarding this and I know most of you have had them too.

Then I read this quotation, Matt 4:41-42 “And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away”.

The master taught the exact opposite of what the good preacher said. Despite the odds, we should always go the extra mile and this statement defines our Christian journey. We should always do more than the world expects:

Love our enemies, bless and curse them not

Be kind to everyone especially strangers and those who hate us

Take care of the poor because God has provided for us

Forgive because God forgives us

Let us try a little exercise by adding to this list, of going the extra mile as the master teaches. God bless us all as we keep his word!

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