May they rest in peace.
The Kings Rings
Immediately following His arrest, Jesus was
interrogated by the high priest. When He
provided an “unsatisfactory” answer, one of
the officials struck Him in the face.
Instead of literally offering His other
cheek to be slapped, the Savior calmly challenged
the man’s unjust action. The Lord did not
defend Himself or retaliate,
but He also refused to accept the abuse unquestioningly,
despite the fact that He knew He would receive more
The Bible passage telling us to turn the
other cheek confuses many Christians.
Are we to stand still while someone beats us up
physically or emotionally? No. But we are
not to retaliate in kind. Pride will certainly
trigger a desire to take revenge on the
coworker who stole credit for our work or the
family member who repeatedly
says unkind words. Yet we are not to
“repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing”
(1 Peter 3:9).
In daily practice, the situation will determine
what form a godly response will take. We may
need to ignore the other person’s actions,
walk away from abuse, or confront
our enemy—confrontation designed to gain
understanding and reconciliation is not inappropriate.
In fact, Jesus instructs us to transform
rivals into friends
by means of respectful discourse
Asking “Why do you feel about me as you do?”
can reveal the strength of agape—unconditional
to a hurting soul despite the potential for injury.
Might God be calling you to show agape?
Pray for the desire and power to
“turn the other cheek” as Christ did.