Thought and Prayer for Monday, May 19, 2014
Monday, May 19, 2014
May 19, 2014 TURN THE OTHER CHEEK
It is our nature to get upset when others treat us wrong. When we believe someone has done something to hurt us, we feel like getting back at them. When someone has said something that upsets us, we want to lash out at them. When people treat us wrong, instead of lashing out at them are hurting them, we are to turn the other cheek. When turn the other cheek, we are showing gentleness as God as called us to do.
Lamentations 3:30 “Let them turn the other cheek to those who strike them and accept the insults of their enemies.” (NLT)
Dear Lord, help us to remember to turn the other cheek when others do us wrong. We know things happen that cause others to lash out at us. We know things happen that cause others to do wrong to us. We also know that their actions are from the devil. Help us to hate the sin and not the sinner. Help us to remember they are Your child just as we are and to treat them with gentleness as You have called us to do. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
When we act to others in the way they act to us when they hurt us, we aren’t any better than they are.
Taking a minute to think about the situation before acting in haste against someone who has done us wrong will help us to remember to turn the other cheek.
The Bible says it. God commands it. Jesus did it. And so should we. Next time someone hurts us, we should turn the other cheek.
Turning the other cheek is not always easy, but God can help us do so.
It is easy to want to get back at someone who hurts us. But it shows maturity and godliness to turn the other cheek.
Matthew 5:39 “But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also.” (NLT)
Focus: Think about what we can do right now to prepare to turn the other cheek the next time someone hurts us.