References: Malachi 5Summary: Jesus is speaking about insults, not attacks (self-defense is appropriate when there is a real attack). The Pharisees’ applied the eye for an eye command to personal relationships (legalized revenge). But the law was for the courts, not personal relationships (justice). It limited harshness and leniency and eliminated personal vengeance. Elsewhere in the Law God forbids retaliation in personal relationships, which is the meaning of turn the other cheek.
It is not enough to learn true things about God.
It is not even enough to experience the benefits of His attributes. We must not be satisfied until our experience of each attribute has been profound enough to move our soul toward deeper love for God.
We must keep learning and experiencing what is so wonderful about each attribute until there is a response in our affections -sparks of actual joy, peace, delight, awe, fear of God, security, satisfaction of soul, comfort, courage, and all the other benefits
Scripture promises will come from the nearness of God’s favorable presence. Each one of God’s attributes is a single ray in the spectrum of the brilliant radiance of His glory. That glory is an ocean, and just one drop of that ocean, if you could just see it clearly, would be enough to delight your soul and occupy your faculties of praise for all eternity.
This book is a journal of how God has been opening my eyes the past few years to begin to see a glimpse of that drop.