September 4, 2018

Turning the Other Cheek

September 4, 2018


1 Peter 2:19-25
This weekend’s reading: Genesis 11:1-9


Peter says Christ suffered so that we should follow in his steps (verse 21). “When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly” (verse 23).

If we are to be more Christ-like in our daily walk with God, we must strive to quell our tendency to “get even.” Jesus says, “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also” (Matt. 5:38-48).

If this were easy, we’d all be doing it. Instead, it takes great care and practice to turn the other cheek, especially when the one that hurts is still stinging. Pray for patience to do just that this week, and you might be surprised how it turns out!


  • Think of someone in your life who easily pushes your buttons. Pray for that person, and then pray that you might not try to push their buttons in retaliation!


  • What’s the difference between turning the other cheek and sticking up for yourself?
  • How do you know when to speak up and when to be patient?

God our loving parent, you do not wish your children to be in conflict with one another. You do not take sides in the silly squabbles we tend to get into with each other. We pray today for your patience. Remind us that you do not call us to get even, but you call us to be more like Christ, who taught us to love even when loving is difficult. Help us in our journey God. Amen.