“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also
Jesus spent 40 days and nights in the wilderness, choosing the path he would take. In hunger and self-giving, resisting the urges to take control and unleash the penalties that we all deserve; it would've been the easy thing to do. As easy as loving those who love us. As easy as lashing out at those who hurt us. It's far more difficult to love when we are truly despised. To turn the other cheek, when we've been slapped.
Yet Jesus loved and continues to love, even in the face of torture and humiliation. As Christians, we are challenged to do as he did, we are called to live up to our spiritual discipline, to turn the other cheek, to show love in the face of hatred and exasperation. It's then that we must send a blessing for the other person. That person is also one “for whom Christ died.” and is deserving of God's Grace.
Revd. Mark Robinson Longcauseway Church Representing Churches Together in Dewsbury. To contact CTiD please ring 01924 454750 or 457057.