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Building Relationships Through Generosity

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Matthew 5:39–41 ESV
But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.
- “if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also... if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well... if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.”

1-Give love to those who seek to humiliate you

1-Give love to those who seek to humiliate you

The value of self control and patience
What causes fights and quarrels among you?
You have the right to hit back
Breaking the cycle of dysfunction
8 actions that create a cycle of dysfunction
8 actions that create a cycle of dysfunction
violence,
quarrelling,
nitpicking,
resentment,
insults,
emotional coldness,
physical avoidance,
social embarrassment
Hurting people say hurtful things
- you have the right to slap them back but you can choose another option
Turning the cheek is the opposite of striking back. It is the choice to break the cycle. It is the choice to say “you can continue your destructive life but I’m not going with you.”

2-Give generously to those who seek to take advantage of you

The value of true repentance
When I have done wrong - repentance is more than sorry
You have the right to only do what your told to do but...
Do you love people more than money? The relationship more than “the win”?

3-Give counsel to those who seek to control you

The value of generosity
Do not allow others to control you
The value of generosity
3 Ways to keep others from controlling you
Ask, “Is it God’s will?”
Ask, “Are they someone else’s responsibility?” (themselves, their parents, their leaders)
Ask, “Is this the right time for me to give more time?”
Giving from the heart
Good enough isn’t good enough
3 Areas that need us to go “the extra mile”
Good enough isn’t good enough
Work relationships - 10-20 minutes early is on time
Home relationships - Half done is not done: doing the bare minimum
2. Home relationships - Half done is not done: doing the bare minimum
Marriage relationships - injecting love into a relationship
Marriage relationships - injecting love into a relationship
9 actions that create a cycle of dysfunction
Do not allow others to control you
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