Turning the Other Cheek

Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the Lord, and he shall save thee.

Proverbs 20:22

It is human nature to want to “get even with” someone who we feel has wronged us.  When someone disrespects us or does anything to us that we don’t like, it is our nature to want to fight fire with fire and snap right back at them.  But that should not be the way of the Christian.  The Bibles says here in Proverbs that we should not recompense (or pay back) evil.  The Lord sees everything.  If someone wrongs us, the Lord knows about it.  He didn’t accidentally miss it when we were wronged.  We are wait on Him, and trust that He knows what He is doing.  And the end of the verse tells us that He “shall save thee”.  He will reward us for leaving things in His hands instead of trying to fight our own battles.

The New Testaments speaks of this attitude also in Matthew 5:39, “But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.”  That is the famous “turn the other cheek” verse.  I’m sure we have all heard of that verse before, but how many of us actually use it and put it into practice?  When someone wrongs us, do we really accept it with a meek spirit and “turn the other cheek” or do we stiffen our necks and adopt the “you’re not going to do that to me” attitude?  Do we try to pay back evil at every turn or do we wait on the Lord and trust Him to save us?

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