Turn the other Cheek- Matthew 5:38-39

You have heard that it was said, “An EYE FOR AN EYE, AND A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH.” But I say to you, do not resist him who is evil; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also. (Matthew 5: 38-39 NASB)


Why should it be hard to turn the other cheek? It shouldn’t be but, I think it is harder when it is a family member. Family is important and if we allow a division to come over some tiff that we had, we both lose out.

Recently, I have struggled with this very thing. When you think about it, it is silly. Why does it have to be such a battle in my mind? I must ask the question, what is causing this turmoil in my heart?

I know the devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy. If I allow him, he will bring division between my family members and myself. First, I must recognize his tactics and then I must shut him down right away. I must not allow bad thoughts to take root in my mind and I must consciously walk in love and allow the Holy Spirit to guard my heart and mind. Turning the other cheek and not allowing the devil to have a foothold is a must.

Be encouraged. If you are dealing with this problem, decide to keep a good relationship with others, just turn the other cheek and trust God to work things out.


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Paula Hixenbaugh