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Give More Than Is Required!
One of the most serious causes of failure in the areas of relationships, finances, and health is having a resistant attitude toward those whom we have offended or to whom we are obligated. If an individual is found guilty of an offense or has failed to fulfill an obligation, he is subsequently required to make restitution. However, his resistant spirit will be revealed when he chooses to do only what the law demands. After all, he thinks he has God’s Law on his side, because the Law stipulates “an eye for an eye” and “a tooth for a tooth.” Surely no further compensation is due! (See Exodus 21:24.) Jesus challenged this limitation with four mandates: 1) Turn the other cheek; 2) Give your coat and your cloak also; 3) Go the second mile; and 4) Give to those who ask of you. (See Matthew 5:38–42.)