Character … Retaliation (Doctrine of a Disciple)

Honestly, I don’t like this next subject we’ll be looking at. It’s anti-intuitive. It goes against my natural desires. And it isn’t fun, isn’t fair, and isn’t easy. But it is part of the Christian Doctrine if we truly are a follower of Christ.
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth [punishment that fits the offense].’ 39 But I say to you, do not resist an evil person [who insults you or violates your rights]; but whoever [a]slaps you on the right cheek, turn the other toward him also[simply ignore insignificant insults or trivial losses and do not bother to retaliate—maintain your dignity, your self-respect, your poise]. 40 If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, [b]let him have your coat also [for the Lord repays the offender]. 41 And whoever [c]forces you to go one mile, go with him two. 42 Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you. Matthew 5:38-42 AMP
It is common belief among Bible scholars these verses do not mean we can not address wrongs done to us. Jesus did so when struck on the cheek in John 18.
It also does not mean we turn a blind eye to evil and wrong doing in the world. Jesus confronted the Pharisees on a regular basis.
It also does not mean we invite someone to hit us again or take advantage of us.
It seems to speak more to the idea of retaliations. If we believe God is for us, is all powerful, and is ultimately in control, we should not feel we need to retaliate for every wrong done to us because He will handle the situation justly.
Basically, we are instructed to practice forbearance. Refraining from retaliation. Having a conduct of patient endurance and self-control. Abstaining from the enforcement of a right. Giving what we do not feel is deserved.
This is something which needs to be heard loud and clear in today’s society. Retaliation, retribution, resistance, and revenge are on the hearts of many people.
The fleshly side of us struggles with this because we may not see payback happen, or it might not happen in the way we want it to. We are unwilling to give up control over allowing God to dish out the “punishment” or what we feel is deserved for us. Ultimately, it’s a question of how much do we trust God.

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