Matthew 5:38-42 "You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you."
Reflection. Ouch! Good grief! Surely not! Jesus can't mean all this, can He?! "Do not resist an evildoer." What about standing up to tyranny. What about a world where we want to right wrongs. What about our speaking against injustice, oppression and poverty. What about giving to a street beggar without wondering whether the money will buy drugs rather than food. Ouch! Good grief! Surely not!
This passage really makes us think. Is it hyperbole? Is it liveable? What a standard Jesus sets. Jesus's not resisting evildoers led to the Cross and our salvation. And, no. If it is raining, you can't have my coat!
Prayer. Lord Jesus, send your Holy Spirit to aid us in our daily living. For.iur sake and glory. Amen.