“You have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.” Matthew 5:38-39
I am all for loving your brother and forgiveness. I do not hold grudges and have malice towards none, even if they really piss me off and I do think they are terrible people. I know that sooner or later it all comes out in the wash, or it doesn’t, I really don’t care. Just don’t mess with me. I know that I am no better than my enemies when I only love those that are good to me but I don’t like people that hurt me. I realize that you cannot love evil people dearly but you can have compassion and forgiveness if they ask for it. You do not have to get even.
If nobody ever forgave, everyone would try to get even and this is why the world keeps fighting even though they know better. The ones that don’t want to follow the commandments of God simply begin their own religions and expect that they will be taken seriously. You can believe anything you want, but for me and my house we will serve the Lord. We will believe the truth when it is self evident. I know Jesus is the son of God for how he lived and what he could do beyond the resurrection. If everyone refuses to say they are sorry or forgive an injustice and demands payment for a sin, it will continue to man’s final blood bath because it can only escalate in hatred and anger.
In this teaching, Dr Martin Luther King Jr said, “The old law of an eye for an eye leaves everybody blind. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding. It seeks to annihilate rather than to convert.” This is the problem with the world leaders including America. To pretend to be Christian and then go out to slaughter your enemies in retaliation to their evil, is complete hypocrisy and very sad to me because if you really do have a relationship with Jesus, you could not do this. Jesus told his disciples that if they loved him, they will keep his commandments. They will love one another because to not keep this commandment means the end of the world.