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anevie wrote:

what would you guys feel if your bestfriend is trying all her best to destroy you? and if you were me, what would you do? Please help me guys....i'm really in a tough situation right now. :(


Luke 6:29 "Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either.

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus says these familiar words, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” (Mtt 5:38-39)


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Forgive your Friend

Jesus not only told Peter to forgive 70 x 7, but also implied that we would need to forgive more (Mt 18:22). Usually we don't get hurt 70 x 7 because we don't let others have that many shots at us. After a few hurts, we, like turtles, put our heads back in our shells to prevent any additional wounding.

When Jesus calls us to forgive 70 x 7, He calls us to expose ourselves to repeated hurts. "When a person strikes you on the right cheek, turn and offer him the other" (Mt 5:39). He is not calling us to be masochistic, just to love as He loves, to love even enemies. God was and is hurt and insulted 70 x 7 x 70 x 7 times.

If we were God, we would just withdraw from the ungrateful rebellion of our planet and leave it doomed. Yet God does just the opposite. After His covenant is spurned and His prophets murdered, He sends His Son to save us and thereby exposes Himself to even greater hurt and insult (Mt 21:33-39).

By God's grace, let's forgive one another, not only to stop hurt but to absorb future hurts. Some forgivenesses prepare us to be hurt again and forgive again. The hurts go on and we forgive them as fast as they come. The exact translation of Jesus' words on the cross is, "Jesus kept saying: 'Father, forgive them' " (Lk 23:34).
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