React or Respond?

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44 But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! — Matthew 5:44
 

As Christians, how do we respond when we are deliberately mistreated? Are we to be negative or positive in our responses? We should always strive to be positive and let God show His love through us. Jesus forgave His persecutors and we are to do the same. Was that forgiveness a show of weakness or was it unbelievable strength? Who was the actual winner at the Cross? If we respond in the same manner as Jesus, it is really a show of our strength and our faith in Jesus Christ. In the times of the early church, being struck on the right cheek with the back of the right hand was something that a superior did to someone of less stature as an insult. Jesus said that we should not react to attacks on our own person or dignity. He has promised that He will defend us and that revenge is His.  We are promised that we will be offended and when we are offended, it is our duty to respond in love and with acts of kindness.

“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” -Anonymous

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