And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you (Matt 5:41–42)
If you want to be a blessing:
Always do more than anyone has a right to expect out of you and then some.
It Will Make You Happy
- Going the extra mile helps us alleviate anxiety and fear. When we are doing the bare minimum it's hard to live in peace because of constant fear of losing what we are barely holding onto.
It Will Bring Out the Best in Others
- People who go above and beyond what is expected will encourage and inspire others to be the best they can.
- Even if the one you go the extra mile for doesn't work, others may see and glorify God.
- “Heap coals of fire on his head” (Rom 12:20)
It Lightens Life's Burdens
- The "second mile" is practiced less in the home. We treat strangers better than our own family.
- If practiced in the home it could transform the entire home.
God Went the Second Mile
- Jesus does not ask us to do anything that he himself does not do.
How to Grow a Loving Church
- Be genuine and sincere (Rom 12:9). We must reject evil/sin without rejecting people.
- Be careful of other's needs (Rom 12:10; 1 Pet 3:8)
- Be contagious with enthusiasm (Rom 12:11; Rev 3:15; Col 3:23)
- Be joyful, patient, and constant in prayer (Rom 12:12)
- Open your heart and home to others (Rom 12:13; James 2:15; 1 John 3:16)
- Never speak evil or negative of a brother (Rom 12:14) . The word "bless" (εὐλογέω) means "speak well of."
- Be sympathetic to other's feelings (Rom 12:15)
- Avoid pride and partiality (Rom 12:16; James 2:1-9)