(Matthew 5:38-42) – Social movements and historical events have been shaped by Jesus’ words to “turn the other cheek.” But the main point of this section is actually deeper, and harder, than working for justice issues. We are called to die to self.
Jesus demands us to be people of our word, whether that’s in whom we’re faithful to (our spouse) or how we’re truthful with our words. Fortunately, his faithfulness to us is perfect!
Jesus gives us the ability to enjoy what is truly beautiful, and he cautions against the opposite, which is lust – taking things and using them for ourselves, hoping to make us feel better.
Jesus expands the commandment “Do not murder” to become impossibly hard for us to keep, and he urges us to forgive and reconcile with others quickly – because he has reconciled us to the Father.
Christianity is not about following a set of rules, it’s about being declared righteous, despite our inability to keep rules. Fortunately, our Savior fulfilled the Law and also gives us his righteousness.