What Jesus Did! 'Turn the Other Cheek?' — Luke 6:29

Sunday, April 5, 2015

"If a person hits you on the side of your face, let him hit the other side too. If a person takes your coat, don't stop him from taking your shirt too."
— Luke 6:29 NLT
Illustration of Luke 6:29 NLT — "If a person hits you on the side of your face, let him hit the other side too. If a person takes your coat, don't stop him from taking your shirt too."

Key Thought

This doesn't make sense to us if we look at it only on a human level. We don't want people to run all over us. We don't want to be door mats. We don't want folks taking advantage of us. Clearly in Scripture, there comes a time to stop enabling folks to be evil and to stop allowing them to continue their evil behavior because of our fear and compliance. On the other hand, Christians ARE to offer conflicted situations the opportunity to de-escalate instead of "upping the ante" on destructive behavior. This should not be a compliance of fear or powerlessness. Instead, it should be a Kingdom commitment to honor God and do what he says to help bless and redeem others.

Today's Prayer

Give me strength, O God, to turn the other cheek and to not be embittered. Give me courage, O God, so that I do not lose my heart or my head when others take advantage of me by misusing my help. Give me a generous heart, O Father, so that others can find their way back to you because of my influence and behavior. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Romans 12:9-21
  • 1 Timothy 2:2
  • Ephesians 6:23

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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