A dear friend recently shared how he tried to put himself in the other person’s shoes. I think this must have been what Jesus meant when he taught us, “Do not resist… if someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.”
I heard the story of a Puerto Rican woman named Lydia who, as she describes, did not look Hispanic and used to have a violent temper. Lydia was ordering in English at a Burger King, when the Hispanic woman serving her said in Spanish to her coworker, “look a this fat thing, she’s ordering two sandwiches and she’ll probably eat them before she get’s to the parking lot.” They did not know Lydia was understanding every word. “She’s a typical American, overweight, out of shape, they make me sick.”
God kept her peaceful and kind. She ordered in English and paid. And then leaned over and said in perfect Spanish, “thank you for waiting on me and may God richly bless you today.”
When Jesus says we should not resist, it means we should not be contrary and oppose them, or forcefully or publicly declare our position.
1 Co 13 says love keeps no record of wrongs. “If you keep a record of when someone hurts you, they hurt you twice, because it’s jamming up your spirit.” -Jim Cymbala.
Dr. Bill Bright says “The second mile is to love those who do not love us. The first mile is the trial mile, the second mile is the smile mile.” In the first mile, you may feel like the victim, but in the second mile, you take control of the situation. You choose their shoes, and supernaturally enjoy the smile mile!