An eye for an eye?

Matthew 5:38-48

WRH 28 Feb 2014



An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. These are really familiar words which speak of revenge. But Jesus turns them around – instead of getting revenge on our enemies, and those who have wronged us, Jesus tells us to love them. That’s really hard isn’t it?

How can we love those who have hurt us?

By reaching out in love, we can cause the people we love to feel what they have done. If we are kind when they know they don’t deserve it, their conscience will start to tell them. And then they will be changed. We too will be changed as we love our enemies. Why do they deserve our love? I don’t know, but they have God’s love. The sun and the rain are for everyone, whether good or evil. What people choose to do with their life is up to them. We can use our talents to make ourselves rich, or to help others. We can use our skills to hurt others, or to heal them. It’s a human thing. God gives us all free will, and by sending the basic resources – sun, rain, whatever is provided, God trusts us enough, and loves us enough, to leave it up to us. And God trusts us enough to love everyone.

This is a hard thing to do. It involves trusting God. God will give us this strength, and we need to leave the outcome in God’s hands. Instead of seeking an eye for an eye or a tooth for a tooth, let us rather pray for those who annoy us, those who stop us sleeping at night, placing them in God’s hands. God is the judge – they will receive their just desserts. Meanwhile, we can relax, knowing that we don’ have to act as judge, jury and prison guard for other people.

May you know God’s freedom today as you commit others to God’s care.


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