There are two places in the Bible where Jesus tells us to turn the other cheek. “But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” Matthew 5:39 and "If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also.” Luke 6:29 Also, when Jesus was being led away by the soldiers for eventual crucifixion, and when Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen, they said, “Lord, should we strike with our swords?” Luke 22:50 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear. But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him. Luke 22:51 Jesus could have easily summoned ten legions of armies from Heaven to defend Him. What were a few men compared to the power of the Son of God who created the entire Universe? No, what he did instead was to heal the soldier's ear who was struck. Jesus did a healing instead of mock, curse or spit at his enemies. He didn't even show them the middle finger! Seriously though, how many times have we been wronged and we carry around that grudge from week to week and month to month and year to year, sometimes even decade to decade? Forgiveness is a very hard thing to do because our natural instinct is to hate, and to carry a grudge, and when possible, even strike back. It is easy to hate and be bitter about things. However, the Lord calls us to forgive others as He forgave us for our sins. Lord knows that even our actions may have hurt others intentionally or inadvertently. How would you want others to respond to you under such circumstances? The answer is found in Jesus' words: "Do to others as you would have them do to you." Luke 6:31 Jesus doesn't say "Do to others as they do to you" --- that would be a revenge mentality, no, he says "Do to others as you would have them do to you." in other words, treat others the way you would like to be treated. That is what it means to show Grace to others.
It is absolutely imperative that we forgive those who wrong us. Not doing so only harms us, not them. Any time we keep anger or bitterness within ourselves, we harbor emotions that Satan would have us harbor. Jesus would have us forgive others, no matter what they do to us. Hanging on the Cross he cried out "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do"
I could write many pages about this subject but then it would go from being a short lesson to a sermon, and it isn't Sunday yet, so I conclude here. Have a wonderful Friday y'all. TGIF!!!