If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.

 

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 Saint Veronica with the Sudarium, c1420, National Gallery London

 

If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Matthew 5:41

A brother in South China had a rice field in the middle of the hill. In time of drought he used the water-wheel worked by a treadmill to lift water from the irrigation stream into his field. His neighbour had two fields below his, and one night he made a breach in the dividing bank and drained of all his water. When the brother repaired the breach and pumped in more water his neighbour did the same thing again, and this happened three or four times. So he consulted his brethren. “I have tried to be patient and not to retaliate,” he said, “but is it right?” After they had prayed together about it one of them observed, “if we only try to do the right thing, surely we are very poor Christians. We have to do something more than what is right.” The brother was much impressed. Next morning he pumped water for the two fields below and in the afternoon pumped water for his own field. After that the water stayed in his field. His neighbour was so amazed at his action that he began to enquire the reason, until in due course he too found Christ.

“Right or wrong” is the principle of the Gentiles and tax gatherers (verse 46). Not that, but conformity to Him, must govern my life.

Watchman Nee from ‘A Table in the Wilderness’ Daily Meditations from the ministry of Watchman Nee, March 22nd.

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