Chuck Foreman – Teaching / Missions Pastor
“Eye for eye and tooth for tooth.” This was God’s law for justice, not retaliation, from Leviticus 24:17-22. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus reverses our natural, default response to aggression and opposition. In the human fallen order you retaliate! You return harm for harm! But in Jesus’ Upside Down Kingdom, we, with new hearts, return good for evil and love for hate and give more than is required of us. This new way of living and giving has and will continue to change our entire world!
“When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate;
when he suffered, he made not threats.
Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.”
(1 Peter 2:23)
“Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult.
On the contrary, repay evil with blessing,
because this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”
(1 Peter 3:9)
As Jesus Followers we don’t retaliate when harmed. We have a new default response to aggression—we remain vulnerable, generous, eager to help and willing to give, entrusting ourselves to Him who judges justly, just as Jesus did.
“Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath,
for it is written:
‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.
On the contrary:
‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”