Giving the other cheek
Being kind to someone who is friendly is not that hard. But how about doing it to someone who is not?
People don’t want to give the other cheek and forgive those who did them wrong. Very few want to be humble and recognize their mistakes. We always want to be right and blame others for what went wrong. We’ve all walked down this path one day, right?
Someone said something bad about you and immediately you get upset and want to defend yourself. You feel betrayed or stabbed in the back. Your reaction may be: Stop talking to her; every time you see her you turn the other way; you talk badly about her to other friends and try to put others also against her.
Maybe you’re reading this and think: but, she’s the one who did me wrong, why should I be nice to her or give the other cheek? Analyze dear friend, how many times do we ask God for forgiveness? And He is always there ready to answer us. Imagine if every time we did something wrong, God would turn His back to us and wouldn’t pay any attention to our prayers. We would be lost!
It’s easy to love those who love you back, everyone can do that. But not everyone can love those who hate them. The Lord Jesus did so. He loved those who hated Him, who wanted to kill Him, but He was always there having mercy on them. He showed His love for them even by giving His own life as a sacrifice… What greater example of love could we have?
When dying on the cross, He asked the Father to forgive those who were killing Him. “Then Jesus said: Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do.” (Luke 23:34)
Don’t forget the following, love has nothing to do with feelings, but with actions.
So, even if there’s someone who hasn’t been fair with you, forgive and treat her the same way you expect to be treated.
Believe me, you’ll earn more than what you’ll lose.
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Author of the books "Better than a new pair of shoes", "V woman" and "Casamento Blindado" (Bulletproof Marriage). Founder of "Godllywood" and "Rahab Project". Presenter of "The Love School" at Rede Record.