Matthew 5:38-39, NIV: You have heard that it was said, 'AN EYE FOR AN EYE, AND A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH.' But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.

“An eye for an eye—a tooth for a tooth." The Old Testament expression of justice had been twisted over time by people to become justification for selfish vindication. Jesus’ Words brought light to the misuse of God’s truth, reminding the people that vengeance belongs to God alone—for He is the only one who can truly judge the heart of mankind. “Turn the other cheek,” once a principle for Christians to live by, is now a scriptural beatitude subject to the interpretation of its hearers. Do I believe I am justified to seek vengeance in certain situations? How far am I pushed before I determine it is acceptable for me to stand up for myself? Like so many other questions regarding individual rights, the question of right and wrong often lies in the motivations of the heart. If someone has harmed me, do I seek justice for God’s sake, or for my own appeasement? When we are hurt, the easy thing is to be angry and retaliate. Far greater strength is found in one who can exercise self-control, consider what it means to turn the other cheek, and remember Who it is that vengeance belongs to.