Turn The Other Cheek

But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. Matthew 5:39

You know, I just read about this in a prophetic word and I felt I had to include it in my Soul Care study. I saw this in one of the many Jesus movies I have seen and I wish I could recall which one. I’m thinking perhaps the one with Jeremy Sisto, but I am not certain. But the scene was powerful as Jesus is slapped He does not retaliate, and I do not think it was a part of the crucifixion scene. Though all the movies take liberties and will not always be accurate, even Passion of the Christ, what He went through was worse, they show us a lot about Him.

So Jesus has said something and was slapped, with that Holy Spirit power on Him, He stands defiant and the man does not slap Him as He turns the other cheek. That is power. That is peace that is love in action. Jesus didn’t need to defend Himself, the Spirit did, and He will for us.

I agree with the prophetic word that too often we are being just walked all over in an effort to be good Christians, I know I have been. And for too long. When I stood up for myself, sometimes it was worse with people, even of faith who did not see eye to eye with me and I just have to walk away, I can’t always just reason with or explain why I do what I do or what I believe, and I have been the doormat. People wiped their feet on me. But now I speak peace and shake the dust off, and now I will turn the other cheek, not expecting a slap, but knowing the Spirit is defending me and I am worthy of His protection, because He chose me. John 15:13.

Do not say, “I will avenge this evil!” Wait on the LORD, and He will deliver you. Proverbs 20:22

I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting. Isaiah 50:7

See how the Lord will defend you, you don’t have to retaliate in kind, that doesn’t mean to stay in an abusive or dangerous situation, He can make you a way out, but it does mean we don’t have to put up with just anything or anyone and their behavior, we have the Lord defending us.

And though Isaiah wrote this to Israel, it is none the less a prophetic word about the suffering of Jesus. Don’t you think the one who loved you enough to die for you and to save you, to make your heart His home and put His Spirit in you, will not protect you.? I have had Him to literally defend me and I knew it, I did not see Him but I know He was there.

I did not know how much danger I was in though I had a prophetic dream, I never put myself in these situations again not that I did that one, I was defending someone who could not defend herself, and it was verbal but could have gone very wrong had I not sensed His presence and did nothing. He is that good friends, He loves His people and if you are living to serve Him, giving Him your life as a living sacrifice, He is there, and He is good, all the time.

When you stand up for yourself the right way, you can’t go wrong. The other way, will get you slapped and worse. He also talks about going the extra mile, giving the other tunic and says even what was stolen to let it go. He is talking about among believers and that gets into lawsuits and such which goes into 1 Corinthians 6:7, disputes among believers causes their lives to played out in court, and in front of unbelievers which causes everyone to lose. Christians should not blend in but stand out with exemplary conduct.

This is not saying not to report something stolen or not teach that we are not to steal, it is talking about letting God repay, restore, and defend. I used to believe that  we could name the thief, which is the devil, even working through believers ignorant of his devices, and he would have to return it sevenfold, like Proverbs 6:31. But now I think it is better to let God restore, we can’t control anyone or the devil, though he has to flee. It is better to let God repay and restore. We have all had a lot more stolen that we know.

And while Ephesians 4:28 is a good verse for those have stolen, they don’t always get the message. Zacchaeus did as a thieving and hated tax collector, he offered to repay. God has ways of restoring and He will defend and care for us and we are worthy children because of the beautiful and beloved Son, if the plucked His beard and spat on Him, I can remain a child of the living God as one dear lady called me recently, and turn the other cheek. And keep my crown that He said to let no one take.

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