To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.Luke 6:29-31
From an early age, we learn to retaliate when opposed. It’s a natural reaction for us, but Jesus’ clear instructions tell us that when faced with a person who opposes us, we are to turn the other cheek or go the extra mile and to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
Jesus never suggested compromise on faith. Instead, He taught that we should rely on God who will take care of the situation in His time. Paul echoed that reliance on God in his letter to the Romans –
If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”Romans 12:18-19
So, here’s the real test. How do we respond to the “challenging” person at work? in the neighborhood? at home? Will respond with a Christ-like attitude? Will we stand in His strength? Will we resist the temptation to do things our way?