“What did Jesus mean when he said ‘If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn the other cheek. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also’” (Luke 6:29).
Some people, when they read this, automatically think He was saying that literally. Jesus was simple giving us a principle to walk in love and to respond in love because love is the key. The rest of the chapter, at least to verse 38 says:
“Give what you have to anyone who asks you for it; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back. Do for others as you would like them to do for you. Do you think you deserve credit merely for loving those who love you? Even the sinners do that!
“And if you do good only to those who do good to you, is that so wonderful? Even sinners do that much! And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, what good is that? Even sinners will lend to their own kind for a full return.
“Love your enemies! Do good to them! Lend to them! And don’t be concerned that they might not repay. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to the unthankful and to those who are wicked
You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.
“Stop judging others, and you will not be judged. Stop criticizing others, or it will all come back on you. If you forgive others, you will be forgiven.
If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving–large or small–it will be used to measure what is given back to you” (Luke 6:29-38).
In other words you can be slapped without being touched physically, someone could offend you by what they say, someone could disrespect you, or someone could hurt you by what they do, and these things could feel like a slap in the face to you and that person didn’t touch you. What Jesus is saying is give them the other cheek or respond in love. And the measure of love you sow you will receive with a full measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over.
Whenever Jesus gave us a principle to live by, he lived it himself. He would never give or teach us something he isn’t already living or was about to live in his own life. That’s why our righteousness comes from Him and that when God sees us, He see’s the life of Christ.
When they took Christ off to crucify Him, they beat Him in the face, spit on Him, mocked Him, whipped Him, but He responded in love to all that. I know you are wondering “How did He respond in love?” He didn’t respond at all. EXACTLY!! The fact that He didn’t respond shows us He responded in love. Remember He could have called for thousands of angels to protect Him, He could have spoken curses over the men who beat Him, He could have cast leprosy on them, made them sick and cripple, caused blindness and even death.
With one word He could have done all that and it would have happened, but He didn’t say anything, and even when He was on the cross prayed for the very people who killed Him by saying: “Lord forgive them for they know not what they do!”
It’s not impossible to walk and live by love; He has given us everything we need to live a righteous godly life. (1 Peter 1:3) So how did He do it? He meditated it! Jesus was God, but He still knew the scrolls that were there.
You become what you meditate, if you meditate love you become love. Love becomes perfected and cast out all fear. If we love each other, God lives in us, and his love has been brought to full expression through us. You will wear love like a garment, you will know that love is gentle, it does not seek its own way, it is long-suffering, not prideful, or boastful. Love keeps no record of wrong even when it’s been wronged. Love thinks the best.
If you meditate humility you will become humble, if you meditate forgiveness you will forgive, if you meditate peace you will be peaceful, if you mediate joy you will be joyful, if you meditate faithfulness you will be faithful, if you mediate on the life of Christ you will be more like him.
The same works the other way too; if you meditate on what a person said to you that made you mad, you will become angry. If you meditate on why that person has what they have you don’t have it too then you become jealous, if you meditate on how someone wronged you in your past you will become bitter, if you meditate on nude pictures or pornography or meditate on the body parts of the opposite sex then you become lustful.
The old sinful nature loves to do evil, which is just opposite from what the Holy Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are opposite from what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, and your choices are never free from this conflict. (Galatians 5:17) We are warriors and the battlefield is our minds, if are not killing our sinful nature then its killing us. What are you meditating on today? Hopefully it’s the Word of God. Wherever your treasure is your thoughts and heart is also. (Matt 6:21) So if you are mediating on money, or how someone offended you or how they hurt you, or they have what you don’t have, then that’s where your treasure is.
But if you are mediating on the Word of God and His promises, then that is where your treasure is. He gives us the power and the desire to do what is pleasing unto him (Phil 2:13) you have the power now, is the time for you to use it.