Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

A Quiet Place

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 18, A.D. 2001

2 Corinthians 6:1-10
Psalm 98:1-4
Matthew 5:38-42

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"If someone wants to go to law over your shirt . . ."

Let's face it. We live in a litigious society. There isn't much that someone isn't willing to go to law over. Some say you can't have Christmas displays. Others say that any form of prayer anywhere outside a church is some form of civil offense. We live in a society drunk on law and completely ignorant of any true sense of justice.

Given this, Jesus' command is even more important today than when He first gave it. We need to be aware of the example we set before the world in every aspect of our behavior. We must be the first to relent, the first to turn the other cheek.

Can you imagine for just a moment a world in which everyone was willing to abandon his or her own interests in the interest of peace and harmony with others. There couldn't be a conflict because everyone would be giving up their "rights" to everything before anyone asked.

Next time you get a chance, instead of lashing out, which may well be within your rights, see what happens when you turn the other cheek. At first, nothing, but eventually, with God's grace, you will have transformed a small part of the world.

- JuandelaCruz


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