love your enemies


“To you who hear I say, love your enemies,

do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you,

pray for those who mistreat you.

To the person who strikes you on one cheek,

offer the other one as well,”

Jesus offers up a series of contradictions that defy human behavior. What is the purpose? I think the most memorable of all is the common abbreviation of Jesus’s saying, that is turn the other cheek. On one simple interpretation it seems “that saying” simply sets up a person for abuse, it makes them an easy target to be taken advantage of. Yet anyone who has turned their other cheek after being stricken a few times often learns to spend a little more time in deciphering that sayings enigmatic message. In that situation many interpretations might arise, many of them being as faulty as the one that permitted the first two bruisings! It is a saying that must be carefully studied. Why would Jesus offer up so many contradictory statements, what’s the hidden message? Each might come up with their own reasoning, but for my part I think I have reached a conclusion. That is, don’t let the actions of others draw you into sin. Don’t let someone’s hatred draw you into hate and away from love. Don’t let someone’s curses overpower your blessings, and don’t follow an evil deed down a slippery slope: avoid evil at all costs.How one accomplishes that though, is subject to an entirely different set of interpretations… .. . .

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