We are responsible to surrender the traits in us that are not compatible with the fruit of the Spirit to the Holy Spirit. How do we practice this in our everyday lives – how frequently do we take stock of our words and actions, line them up against the Word of God and find the places where we lack? Do we consistently live with a second mile attitude?
The Psalmist asks in Psalm 119:9 “how shall I cleanse my way?” and his answer to himself, and to us is to take heed and keep watch on ourselves according to God’s Word and by conforming our lives to his Word. We present ourselves to him repeatedly, sacrificing those things of the flesh that we have held dear to our hearts and have them burned out of us as we renew our minds.
Our walk with him is to the extent that we hear his Voice burning in our hearts as we live each day knowing he is with us. It means we take stock of ourselves, of our thought lives, our actions, our words and even our beliefs. Are our beliefs lining up with the Word of God and are we speaking right things only, things in agreement with God’s Word?
Are we living with a hand outstretched to the poor and needy, are we considering others above and before ourselves and are we willing to take the second mile attitude?
Do we willingly turn our cheek when we are hurt and injured by someone, making ourselves available and vulnerable to them? Are we really willing and ready to bless those who would persecute us? Are we so full of the love of God that when someone wants to sue us and take our undershirt, or that which is close to our heart that we are able to give our covering, our coat as well?
Do we live holding loosely to the things, the possessions that we have so that we are able to give freely knowing we have received freely?
Just look at the kindness and wisdom of God! When we are forced to walk one mile we have that time span to change our minds and bless the other in our second mile. We can bless them and speak into their life and we can show them a heart generous with love. We can show them unashamedly that we are children of our Father of Love and our presence with them brings blessing to their life.
We carry the glory of God within us and we bring a physical tangible blessing into the lives of other. We can take; adopt as our own the second mile attitude because we know the treasury of the King is available to us. We can live and love generously and we have as a continual example the King of Heaven and Earth, for who has better portrayed for us in all of life’s history a more perfect example of second mile living?