Revenge, Retaliation, Payback, Justice

You have heard that it was said, “Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.” But I tell you do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. (Matt 5:38-9)

So which is it? There is never a contradiction in God’s word, but this sure seems like one. Actually, an eye for an eye deals with the law and how to handle legal issues, matters of justice such as retribution for stealing.

The message that Jesus both taught and modeled was love. He never sought revenge or even justice when He was falsely accused. He taught us to pray for our enemies and ask God’s forgiveness for them.

Jesus came to fulfill the law, and by following Him, instead of punishment, we are given grace.


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