Matthew 5:38 – 42
“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.”
True charity means returning good for evil always. There is perhaps no more difficult point for the flesh to wrestle with than this one. Nonresistance is not our natural inclination when we are confronted with evil. We often find it tough to be gentle in all humility towards evil because it disturbs our peace. Surely Jesus means for us to resist the evil one and we are encouraged at several points in scriptures to stand firm against the evil one. But here is Jesus, telling us that when people confront us, we are to counter evil with good.
Apostle Paul records the power of overcoming evil with good in the book of Romans 12:19 – 21 which says……Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Evil aggression is never defeated by an evil response. Joseph’s brothers never had good intentions for him. They wished him dead, sold him and never cared what would happen to him wherever he will be taken. He was betrayed, jailed and went through all sorts of humiliation, yet he never wished them evil, he still loved them. They never liked him because the Lord ordained him for an office which none of them could occupy, but since he loved the Lord, all their evil plans including that of the King’s wife worked together for his good. In the end he became a prime minister. And when famine arose he fed them.
What is your reaction to evil and offensive people? Are you to express no opinion at all? No, God does not tell us to be dormant. He does, however, tell us to demonstrate a goodness that surpasses anything this world has ever known. Give evil people a glimpse of heaven. Do not fall to their level; let them see a Holy Kingdom and be amazed.
If a wife or a husband offends, forgive quickly. Don’t hold back wrongs of each other. This is a divine mandate.