Ahh, the Sermon on the Mount. The Beatitudes’, the Lord’s Prayer. So much is given in this sermon, but so much is asked!
We are asked to give without thanks to charity. We are asked to pray in secret. But most perplexing, we are asked to love and pray for our enemies. Can this all be a mistake?
Smack in the middle of the great Sermon on the Mount, we are told to “turn the other cheek.” If someone strikes us on one cheek, we are instructed to offer the other cheek.
The Sermon on the Mount is a foretaste of Utopia. Utopia, where nothing but goodness matters. Where all His teachings and example come to fruition. The world that God has wanted for us from the beginning.
But, I digress. What about this “turn the other cheek stuff?” What’s that all about? It certainly doesn’t sound like Utopia!
Well the basis for that statement stems from our personal relationship with God, and especially through His son, Jesus, the Christ, who came to us to instruct us in the ways of Utopia and the road to world peace.
“Turn the other cheek” means keep our focus on God, our Father, and not on the one who has done us harm. We are turning the other cheek because it just doesn’t matter if someone strikes on the cheek. We have God for our Father, and consolation (and treasure) in the Kingdom of Heaven. We have a promise of peace through God when we seek Him. That buzzard who stuck us on the cheek has no power over us. We are His, and He is ours. What more could we want.
And with God as our Father, we have at our hand a power greater than any of our enemies could muster. The miraculous love and power of God Himself.
So, what does it matter if someone does us wrong? We will be consoled, and rewarded.
Will there be resentment if we turn the other cheek? Perhaps, but together with the Power of God, we can work through it and overcome any resentment. Have faith.
P.S. Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount can be found in the Christian Bible, New Testament, Book of Matthew