If someone steals your coat…

Luke 6:29: “If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them.”

I often battled with this verse, given my discovery that I had been controlled by many things most of my life (angry people, what other people expect me to be or do etc) – how then can I be expected to give my coat to someone who is controlling me and manipulating me?  How does this help me be free of the things that are holding me down?  It would surely just lead to a downward spiral if I let people walk all over me and gave them everything whenever they sinned against me!

But then God showed me it is actually a sin to allow someone to control you (read about Jezebel and Ahab in the books of Kings and then what God says in Rev 2:20 about this type of spirited person), because to allow someone to control you like that (in my case) was caused by an insecurity in my identity, and the sin of people pleasing.  So to let fear of man rule me would be a sin.

So the revelation God gave me is that it’s WHERE the glory goes.  By giving the person my shirt as well (per the above scripture) when I had a fear of man, would actually be a sin, because I would be glorifying Satan.  Where as if there was no fear there, there would be no control – and I could still be robbed, but this time I can also give them my shirt, because then the glory goes to God.  It’s all about where the glory goes!! Is it to Satan through fear, or God through obedience to His Word.

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