Two guys were waiting by my brother’s yellow truck. They pushed him and spat on him, while I’m sure he could’ve taken them both down, he stood and took their abuse until they got bored. My brother’s offence was a small bumper sticker he’d gotten to cover one that came on his truck. “Jesus” was all that the sticker said.
My brother doesn’t talk about that event. He brushed it off his shoulder, forgave the guys and to my knowledge he never looked back. I admire how he continued to witness by turning his cheek and be forgiving so readily. I’m sure it was hard. Jesus’ words here are a comfort if you are being hurt for living rightly. If you’ve ever had this experience you know what a comfort they are. I’ve met too many Christians who complain of what they call persecution, which is often only resentment they’ve earned from the people they’ve brow beaten.
Evaluate your heart; are you righteous when righteousness is unpopular? Do you show off when you do? Have you resented your persecutors instead of forgiving them? Jesus energetically desires to forgive all your sin, invite him to take it from you. God alone can make you righteous, depend on him and he will do it.
“Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.” –Psalm 32:2