Reflections From The Bible And Life

Turn The Other Cheek

2 Corinthians 6:1-10; Psalm 98:1-4; Matthew 5:38-42

An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth!”. This is the usual feeling we get whenever we feel we’ve been deprived or violated. It wouldn’t take us a second thought to get this feeling whenever we are offended. It’s almost like an instinct to us.

The bible teaches us to “turn the other cheek” when we are being offended. It doesn’t just mean offering our suffering and frustration to the Lord. The message is also saying that we should take it as an opportunity to show kindness to the other person despite what is being done to us. Whenever we do this, they are bound to calm down and eventually realize their own shortcomings. They end up being the lesser men.

There can be many reasons why we encounter such acts by other people. They may be having a bad day and you just seem to be the wrong person at the height of their anger or frustration. Let them be. Let God take care of judging them as that is not our job. Our job is to be Christians and so we should act like such. So let us not hold on to our weapons of mass destruction just for a petty sake of argument.

When Jesus, Paul and the other apostles were being persecuted, didn’t they show love and concern despite the fact that they were being offended? They concentrated on doing their work for God despite the trials in their life.

It is good to follow this advice, for one, it helps prevent the risk of high blood pressure, promotes health, and spiritually provides inner peace, not to mention, it saves you from losing face in front of your children, wife, parents, relatives and friends. If you keep your cool and just concentrate on how you behave instead of building a defense wall of some sort and always being on the looking out at how others treat you, you’ll be at peace.

Unless we can help bring justice through our Christ-centered hearts, let God give justice to all the injustices in this world.

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