Thought Question — Should Christians Ever Stand Up For Themselves?

“Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: 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. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.” (Matt. 5:38–42)

Is Jesus telling us here that we should be pushovers, doormats, that we should let everyone else take advantage of us? But if not, what IS He saying? Or, under what circumstances should we turn the other cheek and when should we stand up for ourselves?

I am curious how others understand this passage but I would especially like to see these opinions supported with actual events from Jesus’ life. For example, did He allow Himself to be taken advantage of when His mother and brothers asked to talk to Him while He was preaching? And if not, what principles can be drawn from His actions here that we can apply to our Christian walk?

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