Turning the Other Cheek (part 2)

21 06 2013

What can we learn from that misunderstood statement of Jesus in Matthew 5:39, “But I say unto you, that ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.”  In my last post, I explained what I believe to be the true meaning.  We looked at context, culture and common sense.  Please read it!  Now, what is the real heart and soul of what Jesus is saying?

What It Teaches
1. We should be quick to settle disputes
We are all human; even though we want to live for Christ, we still entertain those times that we may get in the flesh and inflict wrong on someone.  It could be accidental, incidental or intentional.  It could be a verbal insult, an act of vengeance, or even a careless use of idle words.  Jesus tells us when that happens, that you ‘resist not evil:” you have it coming to you!  We should even go beyond what is coming to us, and turn the other cheek.  In my personal experience, the best time to settle a dispute is A.S.A.P.  Jesus tells us to, “Agree with thine adversary quickly”, in verse 25.  Sure, there are times when we need to stand up for our rights, but there are also times that we need to own up to our wrongs!
2. We should never have the attitude of revenge
Turning the other cheek shows your good faith in a just God who will make sure equal justice.  Vengeance will eat up joy and cause you to be a very bitter person.  “Turn the other cheek,” Jesus says, and let God handle it from there.
3. We should stand for what is just
When Jesus was slapped on the cheek, He asked for justice, not revenge.  When Paul was slapped on the cheek, he demanded justice to be done according to the Law.  Turning the other cheek does not negate justice, but it is built on justice.  If you are the one to take the first hit, this principle works in your favor!  Like Paul and Jesus, sometimes it is right to stand for what is right when you have been wronged. This stand never calls for an attitude of revenge.

“Turning the other cheek” will never cease to be misunderstood by Christians and non-Christians.  If we study the passage without preconceived bias, we will find it to be sage words for our ever-complicated lives.

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20 06 2009
Betty Simcox

I love this site. It has Really Blessed me.
I want to thank all who has a part in this.
Pastor Dave I especially want to thank you for allowing the Holy Spririt
to use you in such an amazing way.

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