Welcome to Three-Peat Tuesday!
Building from my recent book UNBEATABLE! Seven Pillars of Personal Excellence, each blog will contain three P’s: Pillar, Principle and Practical, all geared towards nourishing you on your personal and spiritual growth journey.
Pillar: The First Cheek
“If I have done something wrong, say so. But if not, why did you hit me?”-Jesus, the Messiah, preparing for his crucifixion.
Principle: The Second Cheek
As I’ve spent time recently going through the Gospel of John in my morning devotionals, something struck me. The very same Jesus that said to “turn the other cheek” apparently didn’t always do so himself. A biblical contradiction? Not at all! Let me explain.
As Jesus stood before various religious officials in the hours before his crucifixion, many questions were thrown at him. He either responded with silence or with clinical brevity. On one occasion, his succinct yet stinging response aroused the ire of an officer in charge, which led to the latter striking Jesus, presumably in his face.
Readers of the Sermon on the Mount may then have expected Jesus to turn the other cheek and make himself available for a second hit. Not this time. Jesus challenged the injustice by simply asking, “if I did nothing wrong, why did you hit me?”
As a fan of the non-retaliation ethic that Jesus typically taught, my eyes were opened by his decision to ask a pointed question. No temper. No rage. No quarreling. Yet, no silence.
It seems as though some situations warrant closed lips and while others call for healthy advocacy. I’m realizing that expecting an explanation for life’s injustices is not necessarily being defensive or proud. It’s having the wisdom to know what is an apt response in any given situation.
There’s a time to be silent and a time to be heard.
Practical: A Time to Speak instead of Turning a Cheek
There are some situations in your life where it is not appropriate to be quiet. Find your voice.
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