Turning the Other Cheek

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.

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My Daily Prayer

My daily prayer is not only to understand God more but, also my relationship to Him.  This keeps me more and more grounded and become less reactive to human situations, but able to respond to them.  Ephesians 2:10 reads, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

The step following admitting that “God is All” is to cease humanly outlining.  Today I will graciously watch with joy God’s unfolding!  That way I am never disappointed!