An Eye For An Eye And A Tooth For A Tooth

“An eye for an eye..”
The verse is the Biblical basis for the death penalty. It means that if someone takes the life of someone, their life should be taken as punishment or, if someone harms someone, it’s ok to retaliate and harm them.. thus “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.”
But, Jesus, in the Sermon on the mount taught us, if someone hits us on one cheek, instead of retaliating, we are to “turn the other cheek.” Doing so, would be a demonstration of Christian grace.
Let’s be honest, at times, it’s very difficult to “turn the other cheek.” If someone says something hurtful to you, everything in you wants to retaliate.
If someone hurts you, everything in you wants to retaliate.
This is a tough teaching from Jesus. It is one of the toughest teachings of the Christian faith. Everything in us wants to get revenge… to retaliate… get in someone’s face! But Jesus said we should turn other cheek. In doing so, we demonstrate Christian humility and grace.
The only way we can practice this is through the power of the Holy Spirit. From a human standpoint, it is TOUGH to turn the other cheek. It can be TOUGH to walk away from an argument. It can be TOUGH to restrain yourself.
Which is why the only way we can do it is to be filled with the Holy Spirit.  Today, ask the Lord to give you strength to NOT retaliate but to turn the other cheek.

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