The Other Cheek

“This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you” (John 15:12).

You’ve had your face slapped. You’ve been betrayed, rejected, misunderstood, mocked, lied to, and lied about. They’ve caused real pain, and taken as much as they could from you. So, don’t let them have anything else.

You do that by standing your ground and showing them a face that’s been in God’s presence. “Turning the other cheek” isn’t giving someone power over you. Just the opposite. It’s living so resolutely in the truth, peace, and healing God’s given you, there’s nothing missing or broken in you to take advantage of. It’s demonstrating the grace, hope, and joy he’s given you so powerfully, no one is able to manipulate or control your identity. It’s choosing to stay in the unending outpouring of God’s preposterous love, so it can transform the bitter and broken hearts of those who’ve been barely surviving without it.

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