When someone hurts us, our sinful nature wants revenge, but the Spirit leads us to show love “above and beyond”—even for our enemies.

BibleGateway: Matthew 5:38-42

ESV Text: Matthew 5:38-42

Matthew 5:38-42 (Listen)

Retaliation

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 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. 40 And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you. (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 5

     38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: 39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. 41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. 42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 402:
O God, Forsake me Not

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. O God, forsake me not! 
Thy gracious presence lend me; 
Lead Thou Thy helpless child; 
Thy Holy Spirit send me 
That I my course may run. 
Be Thou my Light, my Lot, 
My Staff, my Rock, my Shield, – 
O God, forsake me not! 

2. O God, forsake me not! 
Take not Thy Spirit from me 
And suffer not the might 
Of sin to overcome me. 
Increase my feeble faith, 
Which Thou Thyself hast wrought. 
Be Thou my Strength and Power, – 
O God, forsake me not! 

3. O God, forsake me not! 
Lord, hear my supplication! 
In every evil hour 
Help me o’ercome temptation; 
And when the Prince of hell 
My conscience seeks to blot, 
Be Thou not far from me, – 
O God, forsake me not! 

4. O God, forsake me not! 
Thy mercy I’m addressing; 
O Father, God of Love, 
Grant me Thy heavenly blessing 
To do when duty calls 
What’er Thou didst allot, 
To do what pleaseth Thee, – 
O God, forsake me not! 

5. O God, forsake me not! 
Lord, I am Thine forever. 
Grant me true faith in Thee; 
Grant that I leave Thee never. 
Grant me a blessed end 
When my good fight is fought; 
Help me in life and death, – 
O God, forsake me not! 


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