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Turn The Other Cheek

When we "turn the other cheek" are we tempting the person to sin? Or are we helping God test the person?

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 ---Geraldine on 8/15/05
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Neither is correct. Sometimes He wants us to confront. Sometimes He allows us to use strong words. Jesus stood up to the devil many times. To turn the other cheek means, if someone steals your coat give them your hat. We are not allowed to rail at someone just because they rail at us. Sometimes it would be easier just to pass it off rather than to confront. Somehow, people seem to think that to preach the gospel means to only preach love messages this is a lie. Most people will go to HELL.
---catherine on 3/10/08

It's ok to turn the other cheek, of course. But it is entirely dependant on each person whether they feel that they should do this. Everyone is different and we all are effective in different ways. But for Catholics we usually defend Jesus because he is here with us now in the present moment so it's about relationship, right? A relationship with Jesus. And so, if somebody insutlts your family or your partner, what is your response, to turn the other cheek? !
---Ray on 3/7/08

The bottom line is that we have to choose insults, as the people of God. We may lose our dignity. And that wouldn't be a bad thing to lose, but we may gain a soul.
---rue on 3/5/08

Jared...Good for doesn't feel good...but it imparts Humility...which is necessary for Grace and Honor and many more is impossible to remain arrogant in that "place"...rachel...
---Reiter on 12/4/06

it is very very hard to turn the other cheek especially when you are offended or right. But by his grace and his strength we can...I've been turning the other cheek quite a bit the past few months. because even quakers dont' always remember what it means.
---Jared on 12/2/06

If so...Jared...I am more of a Quaker than a Baptist...[though I'm not either]...the Quakers are more in line with Christ on the concept of "Turning Cheek"...Does a Baptist follow Christ? If so...he or she would turn cheek. I admit though, it must not be easy for a man with pride to is hard enough for a woman and women are the "houses of humility"...rachel
---Reiter on 12/2/06

If we turn the other cheek enough it begins to get easier and easier to do. It can be applied in many different ways. For example if you said something wrong and someone tells you, "you say it this way stupid!" Tell them you are sorry and nothing else. Don't say,"well that's rude." Learn to apologize for every mean thing that is said at you even if it wasn't your fault. You will be blessed.
---Matthew on 12/1/06

Turn the other cheek is really difficult to do, yet God teaches us to be humble and patient to other people who dislike us.
---saras5129 on 12/1/06

Rachel by the commit about quakers i simply ment that you have alot of anabaptist beliefs expressed (which is very similar to quaker which is what I am) Usually those outside of Quaker and anabaptist (the ones that go by anabaptist not Baptist) don't agree with my views on turning the other cheek.
---Jared on 11/30/06

Yes..Jared..I agree again...rachel...[not to "yes" you...I just know your words are true]
---Reiter on 11/30/06

This means, "we have to be forgiving and able to control anger", because in a confrotation, when some one strike you, shouldn't strike back using the same action, but we are required to be calm, polite and take good decision, and advise your partner what God want us to be like. This will help us to be strong and able to resist tests provided to us.
---micha5738 on 11/30/06

the turning the other cheek works in personal lives and between nations if we'd just apply it. Turning the other cheek isn't backing down and being weak it is standing firm not turning from our convictions, yet not being swayed by those around us, but taking a higher path of doing right even when they don't deserve it. I think maybe the USA could learn alot about this.
---Jared on 11/29/06

man rachel you sound like you could be a quaker at times, you seem to agree with me alot =)
---Jared on 11/29/06

Yes Jared...that is just how it works...and it would take a real go ahead...and strike a passive person...the abuser is thrown off guard b/c "he" expects struggle...but the wise "victim" does not give it...rachel...
---Reiter on 11/29/06

The "other" cheek is the cheeks of the Lord Jesus as His beard was plucked out and His face pummeled by sinful man. He bore all of the fury and indignation of our reactions to social injustice of every kind and the wounds of the friend He was and is are faithful. His cheeks are like beds of spices and we can come to His cheeks and find the sweet smelling aroma of a sacrifice well pleasing unto God and walk by faith.
---Linda6563 on 11/29/06

If He bore it, then we don't have to and we can respond to the law of life, love, and liberty within. You can react to the situation or respond to His Spirit.
---Linda6563 on 11/29/06

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Neither, when we turn the other cheek we are showing grace and mercy to that person. we are sharing God's love with that person and they must then decide what they will do with that. Most people don't know how to react when the other cheek is turned. and then they really don't know what to do when the person that turned the cheek does something nice back to them instead of getting revenge.
---Jared on 11/29/06

Geraldine...why do you question the concept of "turning cheek"...what other alternative is there...fight back?...violence begets more violence...never go that route...if you want to fuel sin and violence...Don't turn the other cheek...IF you want to cause the "other" in tolerance...then turn it...rachel...
---Reiter on 11/28/06

Matthew Oshimalow stated Jesus said to turn the other cheek thats fine he never said a third time though, LOL :(
---Carla5754 on 6/24/06

Romans 12:19, pretty simple, We need to focus on our relationship with God. God deals with each man individually. When we go before God, he will not ask what our mom and dad believed, or our pastor/ preacher, or our spouse, but rather what we believe. We only deliever the message to the lost. God deals with the rest.
---geraa7578 on 8/16/05

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A friend of mine saw my question about turning the other cheek, and gave me this answer: In saying turn the other cheek, Jesus was contrasting Levitical laws of "an eye for an eye" to Jesus' new command "Love your neighbor as yourself." When we turn the other cheek we are obeying the law of love and demonstrating the attitude of Jesus.
---Geraldine on 8/16/05

Ask your advisory if they would like to act out their favorite Bible verse, if they dont know how offer to show them and then chose Eccles. 9:10a;. it can be a highly effective demonstration
---notlaw99 on 8/16/05

Jesus turned the other cheek.
God does not tempt to sin.
Therefore it is not a tempting thing.

As for insulting? Would that not tend to further the confrontation rather than shorten it? Would Jesus "insult" somone in that fashion?
---Bruce5656 on 8/16/05

Someone told me in passing that "turning the other check" as recorded in the Bible is an "insult" built-in to the type of culture that the Israelites were in. Anyone who knew anything about this "insultive" act which we believe to be the acts that Christians should emulate?
---Bebet3754 on 8/16/05

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I don't believe it is a test at all.
I believe by turning the other cheek it frees us from reaction. Reaction that may prove to be a a strike against us as well as those that have afflicted us. When we practice using our choices that are God directed then we are free from the worlds manipulation. Always keeping in mind that it's not about us as individuals but we as children of God
---Tara on 8/15/05

I don't believe either is the case, necessarily. All we are really doing when we "turn the other cheek" is obeying God by refusing to retaliate against that type of attack. This shouldn't be applied to all incidents, but, should be our reaction to personal, non life-threatening actions.
---tommy3007 on 8/15/05

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