Week 40 Enemies and Friends
It does not matter who said it -Gandhi, Kahlil Gibran, Martin Luther King or Tevyeh- “An eye for an eye will leave everyone blind” is still a Truth. If Jesus came to give sight to the blind why do WE insist on causing our enemies’ blindness through vengeance, retaliation and self-justification?
At what point do we live out the words of 1Corinthians 13? Or take to heart Jesus’ beatitudes shared only a few verses earlier in Matthew 5? When exactly is the best time to humble ourselves as the Lord of the Universe did, if not when we are most tempted to exalt ourselves over someone else?
Jesus didn’t say it was easy to follow His path, but He did say He would be with us on our cross-bearing journey.
You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.