Turning The Other Cheek Takes Humility, And It’s Not Easy

It's not easy to turn the other cheek

It’s not easy to turn the other cheek.

Jesus gave us a command that goes against our human nature to follow.┬áBut I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. (Mat 5:39) That’s just hard to do. Not only do we want to defend ourselves after physical assault, we want to defend ourselves after any kind of offense or disagreement. But Jesus said don’t do it.

The attitude of the kingdom is humility and kindness. It may feel like being a doormat, but Jesus said not to worry about it. Once you start caring about your feelings in the matter, you start being less humble. If you have to be right in a matter just to prove a point, then your ego becomes more important than humility.

This isn’t easy. It takes the Holy Spirit to nudge us when we’re starting to get into trouble. And what if you do cross the line and step over into needing to be right or losing your temper? How you handle that will say a lot about how you view the kingdom. Heart-felt apology is always warranted.

Just decide that you don’t have to be the one with the last word. It’s ok if people don’t realize how smart you are.┬áMake the decision to turn the other cheek. Jesus will take care of everything for you.

 

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