Dec. 7, 2016

Turning the Other Cheek

“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.”  Matthew 5:39

I am not very good at letting go. I don’t let go well when a relationship ends on a good note. I want to hold on to the love. However, I also struggle letting go when relationships end on a sour note. I want to reason. I want to debate. I want to discuss it over and over. I want to process it. I want to convince the other person or people that letting go isn’t an option. You know what? It is.

Which do you find harder – letting go or turning the other cheek? Either way, it’s a spiritual attitude of forgiveness and giving every issue to God as opposed to holding on to it ourselves.

I reached a point in my emotional and spiritual maturity that I acknowledged everything isn’t about me. I am not always right. In fact, many times I choose to be wounded despite the offender’s blind attitude towards the entire situation.

Forgiveness is a beautiful thing. It just takes some of us longer to get there. How many times should we forgive? Christ said “Seventy times seven.”  That’s a lot of times, isn’t it? I suspect when we turn the other cheek, we grant God permission to move in.  

Whether you turn the other cheek, let go, kill ‘em with kindness, or ignore them altogether – just do so knowing that you’ve prayed for a clear perspective through God’s eyes and you’re willing to do what it takes to grab the peace He has waiting for you. Regardless of what you choose, staying mad and keeping things stirred up truly isn’t an option. Well, in a Christ-filled life….