Eye For An Eye
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Eye For An Eye

Matthew 5:38-42

Eye For An Eye

In our modern society, many adults believe in the principle of seeking revenge on those who have harmed them. Revenge can sometimes range from lawsuits to physical violence to emotional mind games that only creates more problems than solutions for both parties involved. In the Old Testament of the Holy Bible, many people lived with this philosophy of seeking revenge from those who have wronged them or their family. However, when Jesus began his teaching he clarified this principle distinctly in Matthew 5:38-42.

The text I am referencing is:

Matthew 5:38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39 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. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one wants to borrow from you.”

In these verses, Christians begin to see the true character of who Jesus really is. Christians should continue to Jesus’ example by showing overflowing grace and love even to those who may have harmed or upset us. This is a perfect illustration of us acquiring the gift of salvation from God. Although we are not worthy, the gift is still available to all despite our past. Whenever an evil act is committed, Jesus expects us to return good in order to highlight God’s righteousness to all. All too often people spend more time crafting ways to get even at someone that they forget this is not what God envisioned us Christians to act like. In addition, Jesus is not denying remedies for damages in a manner that is not filled malice intent.

Christians should live by the principle of forgiveness, not hate and anger. Jesus is not discrediting the notion of those who seek remedies to damages in a legal manner. However, Jesus is making a clear statement that our hearts need to pure when seeking remedies. We should not be focused on revenge but rather what is right. In addition, Christians need to live by the principle of forgiveness, no matter how deep the pain feels.

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