"You have heard that the law of Moses says,
'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy!' But
I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who
persecute you! In that way, you will be acting
as true children of your Father in heaven. For
He gives His sunlight to both the evil and the
good, and He sends rain on the just and on the
unjust, too. If you love only those who love you,
what good is that? Even corrupt tax collectors
do that much. If you are kind only to your friends,
how are you different from anyone else? Even
pagans do that. But you are to be perfect, even
as your Father in heaven is perfect."
Matthew 5:43-47 NLT
There was a school with a class of students no teacher
had been able to handle. Two or three teachers had
been run off from this school in one year by the unruly
students. A young man, just out of college, heard about
the class and he applied as a teacher.
The principal asked him, "Do you not know what you are
asking for? No one has been able to handle these students.
You are just asking for a terrible beating " After a few moments
of silent prayer, the young man said, "Sir, with your consent
I accept the challenge. Just give me a trial basis."
The next morning the young man stood before the class.
"Young people, I came here today to conduct school. But I
realize I can't do it by myself. I must have your help."
One big boy, Butch, whispered to his buddies, "I'll not
need any help. I can lick that little bird all by myself."
The new teacher told the class that if they were to have
school, there would have to be rules. He added that
he would allow the students to make the rules, and he
would list them on the blackboard. This was certainly
different, the students thought!
One young man suggested "NO STEALING".
Another one shouted, "BE ON TIME FOR CLASS."
Soon they had 10 rules on the board. The teacher then
asked the class what the punishment should be for
breaking these rules. "Rules are no good unless they
are enforced," he said.
Someone in the class suggested that if the rules were
broken, they should receive ten licks with a rod
across their bare back.
The teacher thought that was pretty harsh, so he asked
the class if they would stand by this punishment.
They agreed. Everything went well for two or three days.
Then Butch came in one day very upset. He said that
someone had stolen his lunch.
After talking with the students they came to the
conclusion that Timmy had stolen Butch's lunch.
Someone had seen him with Butch's lunch!
The teacher called Timmy up to the front of the room.
He admitted he had taken Butch's lunch. The teacher
asked him, "Do you know the punishment?" Timmy nodded
that he did. "You must remove your coat, then," the
The little fellow had come with a great big coat on.
Timmy said to the teacher, "I am guilty and I am
willing to take my punishment, but please don't make
me take off my coat."
The teacher reminded him of the rules again and told
him he must remove his coat and take his punishment.
The little fellow started to unbutton the old coat.
As he did, the teacher saw he did not have a shirt on
under the coat. And even worse, he saw a frail and
bony frame hidden beneath the coat. The teacher asked
Timmy why he had come to school without a shirt on.
Timmy replied, "My dad's dead and we are very poor.
I don't have but one shirt, and my mom's washing it
today. I wore my big brother's coat so's to keep warm."
That teacher stood and looked at the frail back, the
ribs sticking out, and the spine protruding against the
skin. He wondered how he could lay a rod on that little
back without shirt on. Still, he knew he must enforce
the punishment or the children would not obey the rules.
So he drew back to strike Timmy.
Just then Butch stood up and came down the aisle asking,
"Is there anything that says I can't take Timmy's
whipping for him?"
The teacher thought about it and agreed. With that Butch
ripped his coat off and stooped over in Timmy's place.
Hesitatingly the teacher began to lay the rod on that
big back. But for some strange reason, after only
five licks the old rod broke in half. The young teacher
buried his face in his hands and began to sob. When he
looked up he could not find even one dry eye in the room.
Timmy had turned and grabbed Butch around the neck,
apologizing to him for stealing his lunch, begging him
for his forgiveness. He told Butch that he would love
him till the day he died for taking his whipping for him.
~ Author Unknown ~
How many of us, I wonder, could do as much for one
who had wronged us. Could we take the beating meant
for another? How about for one we would consider an
enemy? Could we truly love others to such an extent
that we would willingly take any punishment meant for
them so that they would not have to suffer?
Parents and grandparents: Could you offer up one of
your own, to spare others that punishment?
"For God so loved the world that He gave His
only begotten Son, so that everyone who believes
in Him will not perish but have eternal life."
God did not send His Son into the world to
condemn it, but to save it. There is no judgment
awaiting those who trust Him. But those who do
not trust Him have already been judged for not
believing in the only Son of God."
John 3:16-18 NLT
The Father has loved us with an everlasting love from
the beginning of time, and all He has ever asked of
us, is that we love Him and believe in Him and His Son.
His only begotten Son. The Son who left the glory of
heaven to be born of a virgin, to live and teach,
and to give up His life as a ransom for all.
Are you ready, and willing, to love someone who has
given so much for you? Someone who wants you to spend
eternity in a place far more glorious than the human
mind can even imagine? Eternity. Time without end.
No sorrow, no tears. Joy unending. For you, and for me.
If you have never surrendered your life to the Lordship
of Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, won't you do so
today? His love is unconditional. No sin is so bad that
He cannot, or will not forgive. Please ask Him today,
to be your Lord and Savior. He is waiting for you.
If you have any questions please send an email to:
"May the Lord bless you and protect you.
May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.
May the Lord show you His favor
and give you His peace."
Numbers 6:24-26 NLT
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