Retaliation

Retaliation

 

“But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” (Matt 5:39)

Here we find Jesus correcting the people about retaliation. Generally the rule up to this time was and eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth which was cited in Exodus 21:24. Jesus saw a need to upgrade this rule to a better rule, a rule that would separate the Christians from the over-righteous. Ever wonder why Jesus saw it was necessary to change this rule? Certainly, one could argue that the Old Testament rule kept people honest and in check. As men, more often than not we tend to find ourselves wanting to retaliate when someone hurts us or our family. We are to resist this knee jerk reaction to “make things even.” Easier said than done right?

I believe the first thing we must remember is that if Jesus saw need to change this law, there is a perfectly good reason He did. There is no love in anger. As men, someone is or will be looking up to you, to set an example. What an example we can be when someone who hurts us and we turn and continue to be nice, help, or even pray for them. What causes a man to do something so humbly, it is the love of Christ. Jesus took a horrible beating and punishment for us and never once retaliated. If anyone had a perfectly good reason to retaliate, it was Jesus, but instead Jesus turned the other cheek.

Remember the two greatest commandments? Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, body, and soul and to love your neighbor as you love yourself. It would be silly for a man to retaliate upon himself for something he done, and if we are to love others as we love ourselves we should not retaliate upon anyone else. Instead, continue to love them. Resist that knee jerk reaction and the lies the devil will tell you to get you to stumble. Want to retaliate? Retaliate upon the devil by continuing to love one another no matter what and live a life that brings glory to God and blessings shall fall upon you!

-Pastor Robb

 

“Joseph Richardson, a New York millionaire lived and died in a house only five feet wide. It was called the “Spite House,” and it deserved its name. Owning the narrow lot of land on which it was built, Mr. Richardson wished to sell it to the neighboring property owners. They would not pay him what he asked, and so he put up this house, which disfigured the block—and then condemned himself to a life of discomfort in it.”

—Golden Rule[1]

[1] Paul Lee Tan, Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times (Garland, TX: Bible Communications, Inc., 1996), 540.

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