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Matthew 5:38-42

The Word of God

Jesus said to the crowds, "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 an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you."

Matthew 5:38-42
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    • The coming of the Kingdom of God demands a complete change in our usual way of seeing the world. Because it is founded on love, the actions of those who live in it must be motivated by love, even when the normal reaction might be vengeance or punishment.
    • I look honestly at my relationships, especially at those which are difficult, or that have caused me hurt. Do I retaliate? Jesus asks me to offer love instead. I ask for help and a change of heart and mind.
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