We understand the value of repenting and asking for forgiveness, often demanding it of someone who has offended us – sometimes retaliating by severing otherwise good or productive relationships if we don’t get the apology or response we think we deserve.
I experienced this recently when someone terminated our friendship and discipleship relationship because of a perceived wrongdoing. Such destruction over perceptions! I’m sad that my friend was hurt. And, I’m grieved by the loss of the relationship.
What can be done in cases like this once the damage has been done (besides asking for forgiveness as necessary)? Giving forgiveness (even privately) and moving forward despite any negative emotions.
Jesus taught us that we should ‘turn the other cheek‘. This goes along with biblical instruction to be ‘slow to anger‘ and is the one thing we can do to give reconciliation with other humans a chance.
“Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also . . .” (Luke 6:29)
He who is slow to anger has great understanding, But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly. (Proverbs 14:29)
This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger (James 1:19)
BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger (Ephesians 4:26)
For anyone who feels they’ve been wronged and the situation is unresolved: please consider turning the other cheek to give reconciliation with friends, family, coworkers, and others a chance.