This is tough stuff. It doesn’t feel right. Our natural reactions, in relationships, can get us in trouble. Jesus has a different standard for us. Unless Jesus has invaded our life, relationships can be pretty difficult at times. Real love in relationships can require supernatural courage. It can only happen after Jesus has changed us. Jesus demanded that the “Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth” world of natural and religious rules be completely changed. God is love and that is not how He does things. It isn’t how He wants us to do things either. God’s goal for our lives is to love.
And so, it takes supernatural courage to love the way God loves us. But that is the way He wants us to love. That is what relationships in “His world” look like. This is an example of how to be a servant leader in relationships. The other alternative is to be a follower of how our “friends” do things.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. Matthew 5:38-42
May we love the way God wants us to. May our relationships be based on how He loves not the way that serves us and not others.