Retaliation. Matt. 5:38-42

Written by admin on June 25th, 2007

It bothers me when I hear Christians quote the popular culture phrase, “I do not get mad, I get even.” It seems to me that it is this attitude that was the focus of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. It is never a matter of “getting even.” Rather, it is a matter of having a pure heart, being merciful, and working for peace in relationships with others.

I suspect that we have all been guilty of retaliating when hurt by another, only to see the hurt escalate. Have you also had experience of “loving an enemy” and seeing a conflict come to a halt with the enemy now becoming a friend. In Peterson’s translation he encourages us to pray for our enemies, this bringing out the best in us. He calls for each of us to “live generously.” “Be gracious,” he continues.

Here we are encouraged to very actively seek to be peacemakers. Surely, this is something that all Christians should take seriously.


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