In His famous Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles,” (Matthew 5:38-42 ESV).
Have you ever felt like God was not fair? Why is it we, His Children, are continually called to do the right thing, be the bigger person, and turn the other cheek? I believe part of our hang up is in our shortsightedness. We don’t see life in view of eternity. The Apostle Paul wrote these encouraging words, “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal,” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18 ESV).
The challenges we face are light, and transient. The reward we will receive is weighty, beyond comparison and eternal! This is absolutely empowering. The next time you or I am mistreated, hurt, or belittled, we can respond in the love of God with grace, mercy, and kindness knowing this affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison!