When you are struck, Jesus tells you: Don’t strike back, take the blow. Don’t protect yourself, expose yourself. Don’t shrink into selfpity, move out into self-giving. Don’t harden into bitterness, soften into tenderness. Stand your ground – don’t run away and don’t lash back. Instead, absorb the blow and offer kindness instead. This is how Christ has treated us. When we lashed out at the Prince of Heaven, He could have repaid us with violence, but instead He turned His cheek to our evil. He took the “hit” and then rose again to offer us His face once more. If we are won by His cheek-turning love, we are won to His cheek-turning love. His way of grace-filled non-violence becomes ours and this is how the world is won.
PRAY for wisdom and grace to answer aggression with kindness and peace.