PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Matthew 5:38-42
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Do not resist an evil person.” (Matthew 5:39)
Jesus is asking us to make grace, not revenge, our motivating spirit.
He is warning us not to become like the people who are being mean.
Rather, go overboard – the extra mile – in being kind and helpful to all people.
Even when that person is evil, someone that is suing us, or being a bully.
This goes against every fiber of our being, our sense of justice and rightness.
Yet this is how God helps us, and how He wants us to help others.
Do I see myself as ‘an evil person’ that God turned His cheek for?
Somehow we need to develop the mindset that all people desperately need grace.
Only grace, not violence or revenge or hate, can overcome evil.
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21)
This is not being passive, this is being active, aggressively good.
The Lord wants to tip the scales of good over evil, also through me.
As a Jesus follower saved by grace, this is my mission and calling.
This is definitely an area I need to grow in.
Lord, only Your Spirit can produce this kind of grace in me. I do not have it in me. But You have it in You, and I have You in me. Strengthen me in Your love.