Acts 25 Lesson

Turning The Other Cheek

FALSE ACCUSATIONS

Have you ever been falsely accused of something? How did you respond? As Christians, how SHOULD we respond?

At some point in our lives, most of us have been accused of something that we did not do. When this happens, how should we react? How does the Bible teach us to respond?

TURNING THE OTHER CHEEK

In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said:

  • “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.  If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also.” – Mathew 5:38-40.

In Paul’s letter to the Romans, he wrote:

  • “Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men.  If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.  Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.” – Romans 12:17-19.

These two scriptures tell us what to do when we are falsely accused:

  1. Turn the other cheek,
  2. Leave revenge to God.

This can feel like a tall order when others have hurt us or brought pain to those that we love.   We must understand that God knows what He is doing and trust in His plan.

TRUSTING GOD

The Prophet Isaiah had this to say about God’s wisdom:

  • “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:8-9.

When we are falsely accused, the world will tell us to take a stand and stick up for ourselves. But is that what the Bible teaches? Is that what Paul did, or what Jesus did?

Paul was almost stoned to death twice. In Acts 25 he finds himself on trial for his life, having already served two years in prison for something he did not do. And yet, we do not find Paul seeking vengeance. Instead, we see him following the example of Jesus by turning the other cheek.

When Jesus was about to be crucified, He said:

  • “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” – Luke 23:34.

When somebody wrongs us, our first instinct may be to defend ourselves and fight back. But that would not agree with the scriptures that we have just read.

CONCLUSION

We cannot control what other people say about us, but we can control how we react. When we are falsely accused, we have a fantastic opportunity to bring glory to God by following the examples of Paul and Jesus. Instead of returning evil with evil, we can obey the scriptures by:

  1. Turning the other cheek,
  2. Leaving vengeance to God.

This may seem different or unusual, and that is ok. As God’s people, we are called to be different. God’s light shines through us, and it shines brightest during the darkest times in our lives if we remain obedient to Him.

  • “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” – John 1:5,

  • “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;  for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” – 1 Peter 2:9-10.

The next time that we are falsely accused, we can choose to give a Godly response, and not a worldly one. We can follow the example of Paul and Jesus by turning the other cheek and leaving vengeance to God. When we do this, we will bring glory to God and He will be pleased with us for the love we show Him by obeying His commands.

Comments

Michae

Though Paul turned the other cheek, we can be thankful he used Roman Law to defend himself in regard to his accusers.

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Michae
Michae

I did not get to complete my name. It is D. Michael Hogan Thank you.

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