Saturday, May 15, 1999

Turning the Other Cheek

You have heard that it was said, "Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth." But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. (Matthew 5:38-39)

I'm sure many people find this to be one of Christ's hardest commands to follow. One's first reaction to hearing this verse might be one (or all) of the following:

  • Why should I repay an evil deed with a good one?
  • Why should I allow someone to take advantage of me?
  • Would Jesus really want me to stand by while someone harmed or hurt me?

Believe me, I've asked myself these questions many times in my life. Although I do believe in self defense, I've never seen something good come from being vengeful or spiteful. Have people done bad things to me? Have people taken advantage of me? Sure. But it's during those times that I question myself all the more "What would Jesus do if they did that to him?" It gives me the time to find ways to forgive, as He would, and not plan my revenge. Will I ever be as forgiving or loving as Christ? Never. But it sure feels good to try.