Resisting the Urge to Get Even
Life just isn’t fair. As much as we wish it were, it isn’t. Sometimes things work out in our favor and then there are the times when we feel like we have been dealt a low blow. I’m sure you can think of a time(s) in your life when this has happened.
When we end up on the raw end of a deal or feel like someone is outright mean to us. Our human nature tells us to get even. Yet no matter how badly we want to get even we need to allow calmer heads to prevail. Once we allow ourselves to remain amid adversity then we move on to the next step and that is living out the words taught in Matthew 5:38-42.
In the Old Testament, the law said, “But if any harm follows, then you shall give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe” (Exodus 21:23-25) It is very interesting that recorded in Matthew 5:39 Jesus instructs to “not to resist an evil person” which without the rest of the passage would seem a continuation of the old law. But when you read on you find that in not resisting that person, you may even allow them to slap your other cheek . . . if they take your shirt, give them your coat. . . if they ask you to go one mile, go two.
In the book of Matthew, Jesus instructs in a way that is a departure from the old law of getting even. These instructions go against our human nature and the Lord knew that. At the same time, He knew that such an ability to live out these words goes to show how different we are from the world. When we can resist the urge to get even while showing others love, care, and concern we show Christ living in us.