L. A. Marzulli
Matthew 5:39 “But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have [your] cloak also. And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away. You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more [than others]? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” Yahsua/Jesus
When we read the above versus the fist thing that comes to my mind – in the natural – is that Yashua’s admonition is impossible to do. In fact it goes against what I would call our human nature. When we are cut off on the freeway, our first reaction might be outrage, anger and self-righteousness! How dare they do that to me! When lies are spoken about us behind our backs we want to clear our name and set the record straight. When we are hurt most often we want to get even and perhaps a little better than even.
However, Yashua makes it clear that we are to bless those who curse us. So how is this possible? As we learn to walk in the Spirit, the Guidebook to the supernatural i. e. the Bible, instructs us how to deal with any situation. Take the underlined verse above: Bless those who curse us. What we do is take that person who has cursed us, to prayer, bless them realizing that they are broken, and imperfect, that they are more than likely coming from a place of anger, resentment, jealousy, and a self-serving agenda. When we bless those that are cursing us, we allow our Father to act on our behalf. We bring about a supernatural dynamic that can change lives, heal hurts, mend friendships and bring about the kingdom of heaven on earth, in a real and tangible way.
I have seen this work over and over again. In our house when we are confronted with adversity we abide by the 24 or 36 hour rule. In other words we do nothing but pray over the situation. This allows cool heads to prevail and keeps our “flesh” at bay. It also allows The Most High God a chance to intervene as He sees fit. It also builds patience and character in us!
In closing today’s Bun: There are people, let’s say, mean-spirited, that we keep at arm’s length from us, and there’s nothing wrong in that. However, we should pray for them. When Yashua hung on the cross He looked down at the Romans who had crucified him, as well as the rabble shouting insults at Him and said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” This is THE example of turning the other cheek, of walking in the spirit, of resting in Him. One parting comment, this admonition does not mean that we are to become a doormat, as we should never allow someone to physically harm us, or to put up with ongoing verbal abuse. In all things we should be wise as serpents but harmless as doves.