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Turn the Other Cheek

Have you ever wondered what the Bible means in Luke 6:29, ”If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also?” When others mistreat you, call you names, or ridicule you, it’s human nature to want to retaliate or get even. But that’s not God’s way! “Turning the other cheek,” means that even when someone does you wrong, you don’t try and even the score! When a co-worker screams at you in disgust - pray for Holy Spirit power and respond in a gentle and kind manner. When you are made fun of and laughed at, you can rely on God’s strength to reflect His character in every situation. When Christ was here on earth, he was treated unfairly, gossiped about, and even spit upon, yet He took it all in loving silence. He never once spoke in anger to defend himself. The next time your friend turns on you, your spouse yells in anger or your boss tells you you’re worthless - instead of welling up inside with righteous indignation and getting ready to have a volcanic eruption - turn the other cheek and give all that anger to Jesus and ask Him to replace it with an extra measure of His love. Text: Romans 12:19, Proverbs 20:22, Proverbs 24:29, 1 Thessalonians 5:15