TURN THE OTHER CHEEK
This is from the Sermon on the Mount but not an actual Beatitude. Matthew 5:41 states “But I say unto you that you resist not evil; but whosoever shall smite thee on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” Many believe in an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth! Jesus has taught that we should not retaliate or act in anger. But we should love our enemies and not just love those who love us.
This reminds me of a challenge we had many years ago when we lived in Whitesboro Texas. There was a KKK Chapter in this small town. We were stopped three times one day by a police officer and asked to move out. The man across the street tried to shoot our cat because our cat chased his birds and pottied in his garden. The man across the street’s name was Mr. Holley. He yelled ugly names at us from across the street. We had bought our first house and could not just “move out”. We prayed constantly for Mr. Holley and for Mr. Police Officer. We prayed for them to have God’s light and love and for good things to happen to them. We prayed many times each day for God’s will to be done. We went to a lumber yard and bought supplies to build an enclosure to keep our three cats home. It just happened that Mr. Holley waited on us. We built our enclosure. We continued to pray for God’s Will to be done and for Mr. Policeman and Mr. Holley. In time Mr. Holley was bringing us vegetables from his garden and Mr. Police officer quit the force and became a revivalist preacher. It is not always easy to love those who hate us but, it is the only way for peace to prevail. I think of this incident when faced with an impossible challenge…one that needs a miracle.
This scripture goes on to say if someone sues you, let them and if they steal, let them have it. If they want you to go a mile with them, go. If they ask to borrow, give! While we were at Reunion this year, Holly’s NOOK (E-book) disappeared from our dining room table. She had paid $350 for it. We forgave the thief and in time replaced it with a KINDLE. We received a tremendous credit and ended up paying only $7 for the replacement. Holly likes her KINDLE better than the NOOK. I have loved reading the book “Sermon on the Mount” by Emmet Fox. For me it makes crystal clear what we need to do to follow Jesus. It is clear what it means to turn the other cheek.