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Going the Second Mile

I have always had a problem with the verse Matthew 5:39 which says “But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.” My flesh says “you have got to be kidding me, I want revenge. I don’t want to look like a coward.” But as a Christian, it is the very evidence of the Son of God in me if I don’t hit back. It may be insulting but it is an opportunity to let the Son of God shine in my life.

A personal insult becomes an opportunity to reveal the incredible sweetness of the Lord Jesus. The teaching of the Sermon on the Mount is not “do your duty” but really it is “do what is not your duty.” It isn’t your duty to turn the other cheek, but Jesus said ad His disciples, we will always do these things.

I want to say, “I don’t want to do anymore” and “I am so misunderstood.” When I insist on having my own rights or “getting my own way”, I hurt Jesus. As His disciple, it is our responsibility to realize that it is the Lord’s honor that is at stake in our life, not our own honor.

We are always looking for justice yet the essence of the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount is to never look for justice. However, we should never cease to give it.

Lord, today I continue to understand more and more that it is not me but You!

Gary Elrod

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