Healing Antagonism by Turning the Other Cheek

Many people believe it's not very practical to turn the other cheek nowadays; they observe that it's seldom done even by professing Christians. Some maintain it puts one at a disadvantage and is a sign of weakness to act so mildly toward individuals who would do us harm. Yet Christ Jesus explained that this uncomplaining response to people who attack us is a requirement of the Christly life. He said, "Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: but I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also." Matt. 5:38,39;

Retaliation, revenge, self-justification, attempts to get even with someone who has done us wrong, are definitely not in accord with Christian practice. This does not mean that we are to meekly tolerate abuse, injustice, mental or physical injury, or persecution. The Master established for his immediate followers an orderly three-step procedure for dealing with fellow Christians who attempted to injure them—a procedure that is equally practical for us to follow today. First he said, "If thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone." 18:15;

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