Not so long ago someone came to me about reacting to someone who had been unkind to her. First, we discussed that we always needed to respond rather than react. After praying about the situation, I was reminded we must always go to God first. My mother’s favorite saying was “two wrongs don’t make a right”. Then I remembered how I was thinking about turning the other cheek once when it occurred to me that when that is done, we are looking at a situation from a different angle which may reveal something to us about the other person that we hadn’t seen before. Almost all of the time, it has nothing to do with us.
Matthew 5:39 states “But I say unto you, that ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” Never have I been pleased with myself when I react angrily.
Each morning as I begin my day, I quieten my thoughts to check to see where they are. By thinking of God and His attributes, which consist of Love, life, might and glory, any worry, fear, pain and discomfort disappear. That, to me, is also casting my nets on the right side.
Romans 8:31-32 reads “What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all–how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?”
My day depends on how I choose to think. Today, I will add to my gratitude list before I even begin.
There was once a time when answering the question “How are you?”, I would first do a quick mental check of my physical health, financial, sons, husband, business, etc. before answering. My well-being was dependent on a positive reply to each of those categories and would frequently change. Sometimes, even the weather would play a part in how I felt.
Now, when that question is asked, I can honestly reply “All is well” because I have turned my life over to God. Romans 12:2 states “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–His good, pleasing and perfect will.”