“Bless those who persecute you: bless, and curse not.”
It’s beautiful how one of the things Jesus did when He was on earth was to carefully lay out the standards for us as Christians. One of the things He taught us was to turn the other cheek whenever we were assaulted (Matthew 5:39).
In simple terms, Jesus taught us that instead of seeking revenge and justifying it with “an eye for an eye,” we should look at the one who has wronged us and offer blessings and forgiveness — regardless of the cost.
We’ve often heard that we should stand up for ourselves and not be perceived as foolish by letting others harm us without consequences. However, God shifts this perspective by saying “Vengeance is mine, I will repay” (Romans 12:19). Essentially, the battles sparked by others’ actions against us are not ours to fight. Instead, we’re called to bless them, wish them well, and even perform acts of kindness for them. In our private moments, we should harbor no grudges against them.
This is the way of life that Jesus calls us to follow. Is it achievable? Yes, but not solely through our own strength. We must learn to rely on God’s grace, turning to Him during moments of vulnerability and pain. We must approach Him daily with a desire to emulate His ways and allow Him to work flawlessly within us.
Dear Lord, the truth is that turning the other cheek is difficult for me, especially when my heart is consumed by thoughts of seeking justice. Yet today, I surrender it before you and request your assistance. Help me forgive. Assist me in loving unconditionally. Father, guide me to perceive matters as you do. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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Wishing you a day filled with blessings