Do you ever practice “turning the other cheek?” Have you ever found yourself having to face an aggressive or combative personality? Sometimes, the right words can be just enough water to put out the kindling flame. The right words require the right frame of mind.
We don’t always have to think about allowing someone to punch us in the face when thinking about turning the other cheek. Turning the other cheek also requires having inward humility and keeping a sound head so one might respond to situations according to what is right and true, not emotions based in fear and anger.
This humility isn’t necessarily towards the individual you’re facing. This humility is to God and the Lord. We’ve all heard the expression, “For the love of God!” Well, we have to learn how to turn the other cheek for no other reason than for The Love of God. We want to do what’s right for the love of God.
We don’t want to do the wrong thing. We don’t want to hurt anyone intentionally or accidently. As children of God, we want to carry ourselves in a manner that’s most loving and wise which helps to prevent a lot of the drama and chaos in life.
Sometimes turning the other cheek means changing our frame of mind and turning from our prideful cheek to our humble cheek. It’s pride that prevents us from being humble. Sometimes we even have to humble our own egos and say I’m sorry when the injured party totally over-reacts to the situation and injures us. Yes, this also is turning the other cheek. You started it 🙂
Funny… it’s easy to think about whether or not we can humble ourselves to someone else, but who ever checks to make sure they are guarding against themselves (pride)?
So the next time you sense things are getting a little outta hand, remember the first step is to remain humble, calm, and poised. Having done this, you’ve already begun practicing turning the other cheek and just like anything else, the more you do it, the better you get.
peace and blessings,