What an Opportunity!

I swear, sometimes I think that Oswald Chambers wrote these words just for me.

Suffering Afflictions and Going the Second Mile

By Oswald Chambers

I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. —Matthew 5:39

This verse reveals the humiliation of being a Christian. In the natural realm, if a person does not hit back, it is because he is a coward. But in the spiritual realm, it is the very evidence of the Son of God in him if he does not hit back. When you are insulted, you must not only not resent it, but you must make it an opportunity to exhibit the Son of God in your life. And you cannot imitate the nature of Jesus— it is either in you or it is not. A personal insult becomes an opportunity for a saint to reveal the incredible sweetness of the Lord Jesus.

The teaching of the Sermon on the Mount is not, “Do your duty,” but is, in effect, “Do what is not your duty.” It is not your duty to go the second mile, or to turn the other cheek, but Jesus said that if we are His disciples, we will always do these things. We will not say, “Oh well, I just can’t do any more, and I’ve been so misrepresented and misunderstood.” Every time I insist on having my own rights, I hurt the Son of God, while in fact I can prevent Jesus from being hurt if I will take the blow myself. That is the real meaning of filling “up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ…” (Colossians 1:24). A disciple realizes that it is his Lord’s honor that is at stake in his life, not his own honor.

Never look for righteousness in the other person, but never cease to be righteous yourself. We are always looking for justice, yet the essence of the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount is— Never look for justice, but never cease to give it.

12 comments

  1. “Every time I insist on getting my own rights I hurt the Son of God.”

    “The spirit of Jesus is either in me or it is not.”

    “Never look for justice, but never cease to give it.”

    Chambers gives his listeners/readers little wiggle room. We are either following the Spirit of Jesus or we are not. There is no middle ground.

    Thanks, Barb. God Bless!

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  2. “When you are insulted, you must not only not resent it, but you must make it an opportunity to exhibit the Son of God in your life.” Wow–that’s convicting. Sure I can show Jesus, but at times, I tend to hold onto those hurts. Thanks for posting these life-impacting reminders.

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