Words from the Heart for Monday May 4th, 2020
You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 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 5:38-39 (NIV)
Turn the Other Cheek
According to an article in the Toronto Star, Transport Canada officials will not turn the other cheek when it comes to luggage decals that were available online recently. The decals depict realistic images of suitcases stuffed with U.S. greenbacks, bags of cocaine and even a bound and gagged flight attendant. A spokesperson for the Transport Minister says they’re just “not funny”. Joking about potentially trafficking illegal substances, or worse, is not funny and the government will use the full force of the of the law to ensure Canadians who travel by air are safe.
If there is a Kingdom of God principle that is understood by the world, it is that which Jesus taught in Matthew 5:38-39: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 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.” While this goes against human nature – when we are hurt the natural inclination is to retaliate and look to get revenge – even the world understands the power of “turning the other cheek.” This doesn’t mean that if you are being abused, you should just continue to take it. Not at all – if this is what you are facing, get out immediately. What Jesus is driving at here is that revenge and retaliation never end a dispute or solve a problem. They only make things worse. The principle of the Kingdom of God is to return hurt with kindness and mistreatment with acts of compassion. Jesus teaches that this will confuse the one who is harming us. Like Jesus, we are to respond to hate with, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”
These have been words from the heart.