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February 2018

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“But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.” - Matthew 5:39-41.

Comment:

One of the topics our Saviour Jesus Christ addressed in his sermon on the mount was the need for Christians to be tolerant and to suffer themselves to be defrauded for the sake of peace. Though this may be taken as weakness but it is evidence of maturity and superior reasoning to refuse to fall into satan's trap of luring one into a prolonged and bitter confrontation.  It is usual for people who have been given some power or authority to become insensitive to the feelings of the people and to abuse it.

We admonish all those who have the opportunity to be leaders to sincerely make efforts to do that which is right for the people, to right the wrongs and correct injustices wherever and whenever such occur and to provide needed amenities for the people. The Bible says:  “It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.” (Proverbs 16:12)  This means that leaders who want to continue in office must ensure that they do good and allow the people to enjoy their God-given rights. “He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God”, said David the prophet in 2 Samuel 23:2,3.

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