“If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt”

Here's your inspirational story for the day. Julio Diaz responded in an unexpected way when a mugger demanded his wallet:

He was walking toward the stairs when a teenage boy approached and pulled out a knife.

"He wants my money, so I just gave him my wallet and told him, 'Here you go,'" Diaz says.

As the teen began to walk away, Diaz told him, "Hey, wait a minute. You forgot something. If you're going to be robbing people for the rest of the night, you might as well take my coat to keep you warm."

The would-be robber looked at his would-be victim, "like what's going on here?" Diaz says. "He asked me, 'Why are you doing this?'"

Diaz replied: "If you're willing to risk your freedom for a few dollars, then I guess you must really need the money. I mean, all I wanted to do was get dinner and if you really want to join me ... hey, you're more than welcome."

The two had dinner together (Diaz had to ask for his wallet back to pay for the meal), and before he left, the mugger handed over his knife to Diaz. Sounds like a textbook application of Luke 6:

"But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you."

Via Mirror of Justice.

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Did this really happen?  What a wonderful things this gentleman did for that young man.  When I was seven I lived alone with my father, who was an alcoholic.  I would go to a little family store not far from our house and steal cans of soup and crackers and balogna and even when I knew they were in the back some bread.  Now that I’m much older I know they knew I was stealing, but walked to the back so I could.  I hope to someday see them again, because they truely reflect what a Christian is.  In God’s Grace John

In Harris County Texas during July 2014, Preacher Don Frazier heard a noise in his garage. He carried a gun to investigate. The burglar took the gun away from Frazier and shot him dead. I wonder if Don had followed the advice of Jesus, e.g., just left the burglar alone and let him take whatever he was going to take, if Don would still be alive.

But the real irony is that the news story claimed Don Frazier often appearred on TV. I wonder how many times he told his TV audience they should obey Jesus. And the irony for me is that after pointing this out I wonder how better off I would be if I followed me own advice.

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