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Divine Imperatives September 20 Devotional

by David Joynt on September 20, 2023

MATTHEW 5:40 | 40 and if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, give your coat as well.

Jesus does not say “when someone plucks out your left eye, offer the right one.” A slap is an insult in the ancient world. We don’t offer ourselves for abuse or mutilation. When insulted, be creative!  Absorb the attack, ask a question, concede your imperfection, confront the attacker without anger.


In Palestine, the coat and cloak were the two major garments. What is asked for in this verse is drastic! Go naked rather than fight. Rather than an affront to dignity, this is a wrong to property. This is a call to be non-litigious, non-defensive. Here, even attacks are seen as opportunities to love others in ways that change hearts and open minds.


Why is our society so litigious?



Gracious God,

Make me ready to defend the rights of the vulnerable, but slow to always insist on my own.



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