Monday, March 23, 2015

Monday's Matter FHE: Living in the Second Mile

At our house, and millions of others around the globe Monday nights are reserved for family.  A Family Home Evening (FHE)!!

We are always excited to see what fun we can have together that doesn't involve the TV ;). And over the years we have had some great times.  The key to our successful FHE has just been to HAVE FHE.  It hasn't mattered the length or subject of the night or really even the activities or treats.  It has just been taking the time to hold FHE, quick and easy or long and well planned, as long as we have had FHE together it has filled our Mondays with excellent matter.

You know how it starts...

"We'd like to welcome everyone out to Family Home Evening!"

Tonight, with Good Friday and Easter Sunday fast approaching I thought it might be fun to discuss Matthew 5:41 and how we can all "Live in the Second Mile".

PRAYER: (Not it!  Wait, you said it this morning...guess It's my turn)

OPENING SONG: Popcorn Popping on the Apricot Tree - Complete with the Hand Movements (you know it's more fun that way!)



FHE LESSON (READ/DISCUSS): 

Have everyone write down (or think of) a situation recently where they feel someone has been unfair with them or has asked too much of them.

{Read}
Matthew 5:41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

{Discuss}
What does that scripture mean?

{Background info on the scripture...}
"The people in the Holy Land at the time Christ was on the earth were ruled by the Romans. A law allowed a Roman soldier passing through an area to demand that a civilian (a person not in the military) carry his baggage for one mile. In his Sermon on the Mount, Christ told his listeners that they should be willing to carry the baggage a second mile even though the soldiers could not demand it of them. The first mile was required of them, but the second was a generous and kind service they could give." (See Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3 vols. [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1965–73], 1:228–29.)

{Things that make you go hmmm...}


Expressions of faith“Go with him twain,” Matthew 5:41



Rev William Watson

Looking at the time frame of this text, a Roman soldier could compel a Jewish man or boy to carry his backpack or armor for one mile, this was a Roman law that caused resentment among the Jews toward the Romans. This was a burden on the Jews, but refusal would surely bring nothing good. Can you imagine how the Jews felt when Jesus said, “Go the second mile?” No doubt some murmured, “He must be kidding, does he really expect us to do more than the law requires us to do?” Remember Simon of Cyrene, who was compelled to bear Jesus’ cross on his way to Calvary. I believe that Christians are required to live in the second mile. Are you committed to living in the second mile. Notice, the text says, “Whosoever shall compel thee.” If a neighbor, co-worker, or church member asks us to do a certain thing, we should do twice or more than expected. Most Christians live in the first mile, e.g.: 1) To love your neighbor is the first mile, but to love your enemy is the second mile. 2) To bless those who bless you is the first mile, but to bless those who curse you is the second mile. 3) To do good to those who do good to you is the first mile, but to do good to those who hate you is the second mile. 4) Praying for those who pray for you is the first mile, but praying for those who despitefully use you is the second mile. 

 What does it mean living in the second mile? It means to rise above the instinctive desire to, ‘strike back,’ ‘get even’ or ‘settle the score,’ and to meet evil with good. It means to swallow pride and abandon self-interest. It means to be slow to anger and quick to forgive. Jesus went the first mile when He left Heaven, and clothed Himself in human flesh. He went the second mile, all the way to the cross to be our sin bearer and die for you and me. Let the life and word of Jesus Christ compel each of us to walk the second mile.

BACK to what you wrote down (or thought about) at the beginning...
Q. How can you go the second mile in the this situation?  

Q.  How does the Lord bless us when we go the second mile?

Q. Why does the Lord expect us to go the second mile?

*Go over some simple situations to help you figure out how 
to go the second mile.  

(example ~ your friend brings you cookies...mile 1 = return 
her plate and say thank-you,  mile 2 = fill her plate with 
goodies, return it and say thank-you)

CLOSING SONG:  Abide with Me!
(Yes we are going to sing all the verses)

Activity:

Go outside, in the sunshine and have some fun!

{FHE doesn't have to be PERFECT 
it just has to BE!}


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