In the gospel of Matthew, we read, “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also (Mt. 5: 38-39).
What is it that God is really asking of you in this passage? Is He asking you to be a doormat? Does He want you to let anyone and everyone walk all over you? No. God is asking you to love in a way that is contrary to the way society loves.
Society preaches a “feel good” love. As long as it feels good, love. When it doesn’t feel good anymore, stop.
This is not what love is. Love is most vividly displayed when things are difficult and painful, yet a person still remains loyal, still seeks the good of the other, and still does not allow angry sentiments to rule his thoughts. It is easy to look at someone who has hurt us and say, “That person doesn’t deserve my love.”
But contemplate Christ on the cross . . . the torture, the whipping, the insults, the spitting, the pain! That couldn’t have felt good, yet Christ endured his torture and pain out of sheer love for us, even though we do not deserve it. It is His example we should look to when turning the other cheek seems impossible.
But Jesus was saying, “ Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves (Luke 23:34).