Victory Vitamin Blog – Matthew 5:39

“If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” 

-Matthew 5:39 NIV

 

Well, that certainly would be different.  The norm would likely be retaliation of some sort.  Jesus encourages us to be different?  Rather than do what is expected, do the unexpected.  Don’t retaliate, be patient.  Don’t be stingy, be generous.  Don’t whine about being inconvenienced, go the extra mile for someone else.  Rather than hate your enemies, love them. Pray for them.  Be radically unselfish with your rights and your property.  Be different!  To what end?  So that others will notice how different you are.  Different like Jesus, who was patient, generous, and loving throughout His life, and as He hung on the cross paying the price for sins we’ve committed.  He hung there, bleeding, dying, and asked God to forgive the people who were killing him.  Someone noticed.  After Jesus died, a centurion stationed at the cross said, “Surely this man was the Son of God.”  People are watching.  Your actions matter.  All of your sins and failures are forgiven so you are free to be radically different.  Different in the right way.  Different like Jesus.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Matthew 5:22

“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’  But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment.”

-Matthew 5:22 NIV

 

Jesus does a scary thing in this verse.  He equates thoughts with actions.  He’s saying, “If you’re angry, you’re guilty of murder.”  Later He says, “If you look at someone lustfully, you’ve committed adultery.”  As if we weren’t guilty before, now our thoughts condemn us!  We’re sinners, and the wages of sin is death.  If we learn one thing from this verse, it’s that there is no chance of us getting into heaven based on the quality of our actions.  We’re sunk.  Thank God for grace!  Grace means God gives us something we don’t deserve.  What we don’t deserve is forgiveness and eternal life.  We get both however, because Jesus lived a perfect life and offered it on the cross as payment for our sins.  The wages of sin is death, and Jesus paid it.  The good news is this: “it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”  Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV  Jesus died and rose so that you and I could have what we don’t deserve.  You are forgiven.  Eternal life is yours through faith in Jesus.  Live in God’s grace.  Live in peace.