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Turn the Other Cheek

We have all been in a situation where we have felt falsely accused or offended by words or actions of another person. Often, the human response is to fight back or to sling mud right back at them (this includes social media). Friends, trust me, I have been there and have not always handled this situation as Jesus would have.

Stooping to the level of retaliation for being wronged is completely contradictory to the very nature of Jesus Christ, who, even being tortured, beaten and crucified, asked his Father to have mercy on his accusers (Luke 23:34; “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”).

In the book of Matthew, Jesus teaches about this topic as well- and he says, “But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also” (Mt. 5:39). In this verse, Jesus is suggesting a very radical response to injustice.

Instead of demanding rights or “justice” for ourselves or others, he tells us that showing mercy and love to others will accomplish far greater than expecting what think we “deserve”. This command to turn the other cheek does not negate our judicial system or eliminate consequences for actions. It is merely telling us to forego personal retaliation or avengement – GIVE IT TO GOD.

If you act in love for your enemies and pray for them, the world will see Jesus in you and through you. I believe this can only be possible when we are fully surrendered to God’s will for our lives – it is a supernatural response that goes against every grain society throws at us. We can seek to love others (including our enemies) as wholly as God loves us. This is not accomplished overnight – so give yourself grace. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you, to move in you and to work through you.

I promise, in returning good for evil, you will have victory! Love you, Heather

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