But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either. Give to everyone who asks of you and whoever takes what is yours, do not demand it back. And just as you want people to treat you, treat them in the same way. And if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even the sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, in order to receive back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. (Luke 6:27-35)
Even if the other meant harm towards you, do not empower it all the more with resentment. Because you and I have options: embrace the pain and leave ourselves open to a vindictive heart (thus, not turning the other cheek) OR walking in Freedom to be un-attached to that Power of the Flesh. I think you are already disconnecting yourself from any foothold upon your soul. Good job! May His Grace be easy Yoke upon you.
What he wrote confirmed what the Holy Spirit hinted at; what he penned was like the explanation to the sentence that the Holy Spirit gave this morning. It is one thing to cramp our brains with the word of God, it is quite another to have the word of God come alive, worked out, or exercised in actual experiences, in real decisions and see the Power of His Word transform us. His reply led me to take another look at Luke chapter six. And the whole chapter leapt to life before me. i love the Holy Spirit; i love the Word of God. i love how the word of God in the Holy Spirit cuts, but never wounds. His word never forces, but appeals and draws us in. He word calls us higher, calls us deeper, calls us to come align again with what He is like. His word reminds us again who we are, and Who we follow.
Suddenly, i am more than thankful for a friend like him, a no name, a fellow believer just like me living in the world, manoeuvring through life. We are fellow travellers journeying through life, sharing what walking with Jesus looks like in our individual lives; what faith looks like for an ordinary human person. We sometimes become comrades, we sometimes become each other's support crew, armed with His word, accompanied by His Holy Spirit, to come alongside each other. We are transformed not in a vacuum, but in the messy business of relationships.
In my journey thus this far, i have learned many times over and over again that when someone meant harm towards us, or someone has hidden agendas when relating to us, or if someone has impure motives, we do more than forgive them. We do more than overlook their weaknesses. We turn the other cheek. Believe me, each time, everything inside me protest; everything within me grit my teeth to hang on to all my rights. It is always the work of the Spirit. And for someone hardened like me, He repeatedly take me to this place of not only have my coat taken, i learn to surrender my shirt as well. It is a deeper work of the Holy Spirit; it has nothing to do with our coats or our shirts, but everything to do with our hearts. i suspect He has a higher purpose, a deeper intention for us; i suspect we are to come to this place where we are no longer attached to things, or reputation, or self. Until life is no longer about what we do for Him, but who we are in Him. And it is a journey. It is the work of the Holy Spirit one lesson learned, and relearned again and again and again...