BCL Grow: Heavenly Humility — Matthew 5:38-39

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Matthew 5:38-39 (Sanctification)

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Bible Passage

“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 the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” — Matthew 5:38-39


“Love to God, as it exalts him, tends to low thoughts and estimates of ourselves….A humble spirit disinclines us to indulge resentment of injuries; for he that is little and unworthy in his own eyes, will not think so much of an injury offered to him as he that has high thoughts of himself…” — Jonathan Edwards, Charity and Its Fruits: Christian Love as Manifested in the Heart and Life, p. 40.

Steps to Take

1. Consider: Are you easily offended? How do you feel when others slight you in some way, perceived or real? Perhaps you and those around you are struggling with pride at any given point in time.

2. Remember: Jesus taught that Christians are not to hate their enemies (Matt. 5:44) and that we are not to harbor revenge or hateful attitudes toward those who insult us (Matthew 5:38-45). Christians are to be humble. Is this difficult for you to do?

3. Respond: While at times loving someone may mean addressing the one who is harming you and seeking justice, Christians are never to harbor hatred toward their enemies. If you find yourself easily upset at small insults or the inconveniences placed upon you by others, consider the life and work of Christ. True humility can only come as you reflect on how glorious God is and how Jesus humbled himself for you, suffering insult and humiliation for those who hated him.