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Turn your cheek 7 times 70. Christ did not say walk away.

Updated on October 12, 2013

A transcending readiness for battle

If you marched off to war with orders to surrender, what weapon would you bring?
If you marched off to war with orders to surrender, what weapon would you bring? | Source

How amazing this idea

Think this way for a moment. If someone slaps you on the cheek you are to turn to him the other cheek. You cannot do this if you walk away. Turn your cheek requires that you stand your ground and provide the opportunity to be slapped again. And if that be the case this is truly amazing.

Matthew 18: 21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?

22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

And then in Mat. 5 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well.

All of these require us to stick around and take the abuse. That one is hard to take. And we are not to go into and eye for an eye business. And we are not given any weapon with which to defend ourselves!

Or are we?

Peace be upon you. And the spirit with you.

What courageous fighting words are these? Oh they are powerful indeed and they will stop many in their tracks. And they will conquer many. And they will bring others to their knees. And they will be reviled and hated by many. And they shall cause anger in others. But yet still in others tears of joy and hugs of thanksgiving.

What war will these words win? That is up to you. Will you allow them to conquer your heart and bring you relief from slavery. Will you seek peace and harmony or remained chained to fear and turmoil. Will you slap back or run and hide or put on the breastplate of love and Christ?

I choose the breastplate. Do I fail because of lack of faith? Yes. Do I backslide into doubt and self will? Do I fall like Peter in the garden with a sword? Aye, I do. But His grace is enough to pick me up and dust me off so that I may move "onward Christian soldier".

Why me Lord, what did I ever do for the pleasures i've known.

Do you walk away from a fight or do you stay and fight as Christ taught us?

It is so easy to walk away and easy to fight as man fights. But can you stand your ground, stand fast and turn the cheek, in order to engage the enemy? We talk so much about free will that we lose sight of the fact that once adopted by Christ we are not free to do our will. Unless honor and devotion means nothing, we are bound by a contract for his love and mercy. What we must give in return is our devotion and undying love and obedience to His will no longer ours.

Do we fail? Yes. But do we get back up and confess our weakness and repent and devote ourselves to do better?

How will they know your victory? They will know if it is true Victory.

I pray that I fall in the eyes of man.

Let me be known to man by my failures to win the battles they know. Let me fall and be the least among men. Let me lose a war by standards set by man. Let me be outcast and rejected by those who would be seated at the front before other men. Let me walk last among brothers and sisters and yet know my God.

What warriors crest is this?

It is mine.
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Please and please oh Lord do not take this Glorious burden from me.

Oh Lord in the great heaven above I beg of thee to leave me with my troubles and burdens and battles to overcome. Lest I grow stagnant in love or forgetful of your grace. Place a thorn in my side to keep me awake in troubled times.

I beg you not to let me fall blind to the suffering and despair that is of man. Give me strength to extol the virtues of those with less and be cool water for those with more. Let one man rest his head upon my weighted shoulders so that in lifting him I do You honor and praise.

Give me strength of a thousand lost wars so that my humility is true and my faith not corrupt by pride. Take from me all that I have so that I am not encumbered by laying up treasure for earth.

I hope that you got something out of this.

Do you get one little bit out of reading this.

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I would like to know what you think along these lines of thought and prayer. It would help me grow.

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    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I got the message; not sure I could do it, but that just means I have things to work on and I knew that already. LOL I'm listening, buddy!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      You are one of my favorite spiritual people Bill, you got no middleman. It is straight from the heart.

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      H.B. Fortinberry 3 years ago from Connecticut

      It is when we humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God that He is able to exalt us (1 Peter 5:7), so in a way your prayer might be unmet, because if you keep up that level of humility, which God seeks and adores, you will likely be elevated to new heights in your walk. To desire nothing in this world more than to please God the Father has the wonderful effect of allowing us to see the foolishness of our own as well as others' pride, which makes us all want to slap others back. The message of our automatic response? How dare you treat ME that way instead of the response: "How glorious it is to be treated as was Jesus, for His name and to His praise."

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much dear hfortinberry,

      It is is an amazing transformation. How blessed are we to share such love and adoration? How every moment is made glorious until the "normal" seems flat and of little consequence. We are drawn.

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      H.B. Fortinberry 3 years ago from Connecticut

      Blessed indeed! And you are so very right about how the "normal" begins to pale in importance.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Very beautiful and thought-provoking hub here of His truths. Yes, it does not mean we should always walk away, for when we are a child of the King, we can stand firm, for we have been dipped in the blood, and there is power in the blood. I am also reminded of Proverbs 15: 1 "A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger."

      I will pray along with you in one accord dear Eric.

      Up and more and sharing

      God bless you, Faith Reaper

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I am loved so greatly that I cannot grasp it. However the more I love the more I seem to understand it. When you Faith Reaper read or quote scripture your passion and perspective of grace brings light to others. What a gift, I am joyful that you share it.

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      Brian Prickril 3 years ago from Savannah, GA

      Good hub. It requires a different kind of strength to not "slap" back. Pride and ego stand in the way of many.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Certainly my sense of self righteousness is a constant thorn in my side. I must work hard that it not be a stumbling block for others. Clearly easier said than done. Thank you Brian for a great contribution.

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      H.B. Fortinberry 3 years ago from Connecticut

      In response to Paul's "thorn in the flesh", the Lord answered his plea for deliverance with:"My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness" (2 Corinthians 12:9). It is the Lord's great delight to have you admit that self righteousness is a "weakness", for with this admittance comes the opportunity for Him to show Himself strong on your behalf. Rejoice! Your deliverance is nearer than you believed it to be.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      hfortinberry, One who comes with nothing confess deceives himself. This apparent weakness to some who detract brings joy. And so be the things of this world. This long-suffering is a gift. Though when rent is due, it is hard to remember. And so we also find the humor in our predicament of faith.

      Thank you for adding such an important message for us all to learn from.

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      Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Eric Voted up, useful and awesome. You continue to be a wonderful inspiration. It can be so very, very hard to turn the other cheek. I continue to emphasize to myself, 'It is NOT my talk, it's my WALK.'

      Our actions and responses to life's circumstances speak volumes.

      Thank you for this enlightening hub that so needed to be written.

      Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Sparklea, a beautiful ray of sunshine on a workaday monday.

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      mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

      I guess I really hadn't thought it through like that. I like that you make me think.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Old Descartes said Cogito Ergo Sum which meant "I think therefor I am".

      You are and you are loved by me. All you needed to do was write your name and I knew you. Can you even conceive how much your are loved?

      I now think of you.

      But that is just me.

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