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    Quote Originally Posted by Mia View Post
    27 “But I say to you who are listening, love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who are cruel to you. 29 If anyone slaps you on one cheek, offer him the other cheek, too. If someone takes your coat, do not stop him from taking your shirt. Luke 6:27-29 (NCV)

    Yes everyone's favourite and mis-interpreted bible verse. it is not about standing there and allowing your 'enemy' (ie. someone you don't like) to mistreat you. It's about:

    1. Picking your battles and learning to overlook an offense and insult. 99.9% which won't matter in the long run.
    2. Love and accept the fact that this is who your enemy chooses to be and the way they want to behave and you have no control over it.
    3. Don't stoop to behaving like your enemy.

    In doing this you are not allowing anothers poison and negativity to infect your spirit. This isn't just ethical advice. But sound psychology for your well being.
    For me, its about forgiveness and an attitude of the heart. When people mistreat us, we have to be the bigger person. Like you state - getting even leads nowhere. Whats that saying - if we go by eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth, sooner or later everyone will be eyeless and toothless.

    One small comfort, for those who are vengeance inclined - the Bible also says that:

    "If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you." Proverbs 25:21-22
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    Today's Devotion:

    GOD AND SCIENCE
    https://www.todayintheword.org/issue.../devotions/20/
    One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.--Psalm 27:4

    “Fortunately for me, I'm not a cop. so, I can break your face into a jigsaw puzzle if I want to...”--Daredevil

    “I am a citizen of the universe. And a gentleman to boot.”--The Doctor

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    Today's Devotion:

    FIVE SLAUGHTERED KINGS
    https://www.todayintheword.org/issue.../devotions/21/
    One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.--Psalm 27:4

    “Fortunately for me, I'm not a cop. so, I can break your face into a jigsaw puzzle if I want to...”--Daredevil

    “I am a citizen of the universe. And a gentleman to boot.”--The Doctor

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    Today's Devotion:

    THE LORD PREVAILS
    https://www.todayintheword.org/issue.../devotions/22/
    One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.--Psalm 27:4

    “Fortunately for me, I'm not a cop. so, I can break your face into a jigsaw puzzle if I want to...”--Daredevil

    “I am a citizen of the universe. And a gentleman to boot.”--The Doctor

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Taylor View Post
    For me, its about forgiveness and an attitude of the heart. When people mistreat us, we have to be the bigger person. Like you state - getting even leads nowhere. Whats that saying - if we go by eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth, sooner or later everyone will be eyeless and toothless.

    One small comfort, for those who are vengeance inclined - the Bible also says that:

    "If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you." Proverbs 25:21-22
    My understanding of the verse is that in biblical times, a 'superior' never struck an inferior with their right hand. So by 'turning the other cheek' one forced the aggressor to either strike with their right hand (thus acknowledging their target as an equal) or back off.
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    Today's Devotion:

    GOD'S NOT FINISHED
    https://www.todayintheword.org/issue.../devotions/23/
    One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.--Psalm 27:4

    “Fortunately for me, I'm not a cop. so, I can break your face into a jigsaw puzzle if I want to...”--Daredevil

    “I am a citizen of the universe. And a gentleman to boot.”--The Doctor

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    Today's Devotion:

    BEHIND THE SCENES
    https://www.todayintheword.org/issue.../devotions/26/
    One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.--Psalm 27:4

    “Fortunately for me, I'm not a cop. so, I can break your face into a jigsaw puzzle if I want to...”--Daredevil

    “I am a citizen of the universe. And a gentleman to boot.”--The Doctor

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    Today's Devotion:

    INQUIRE, DON'T INFER
    https://www.todayintheword.org/issue.../devotions/27/
    One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.--Psalm 27:4

    “Fortunately for me, I'm not a cop. so, I can break your face into a jigsaw puzzle if I want to...”--Daredevil

    “I am a citizen of the universe. And a gentleman to boot.”--The Doctor

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    Today's Devotion:

    GOOD AND GODLY LEADERS
    https://www.todayintheword.org/issue.../devotions/28/
    One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.--Psalm 27:4

    “Fortunately for me, I'm not a cop. so, I can break your face into a jigsaw puzzle if I want to...”--Daredevil

    “I am a citizen of the universe. And a gentleman to boot.”--The Doctor

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    Today's Devotion:

    SERVING NOTHING ELSE
    https://www.todayintheword.org/issue.../devotions/29/
    One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.--Psalm 27:4

    “Fortunately for me, I'm not a cop. so, I can break your face into a jigsaw puzzle if I want to...”--Daredevil

    “I am a citizen of the universe. And a gentleman to boot.”--The Doctor

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    Today's Devotion:

    A FINAL RESTING PLACE
    https://www.todayintheword.org/issue.../devotions/30/
    One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.--Psalm 27:4

    “Fortunately for me, I'm not a cop. so, I can break your face into a jigsaw puzzle if I want to...”--Daredevil

    “I am a citizen of the universe. And a gentleman to boot.”--The Doctor

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    Today's Devotion:

    BE AN INFLUENCER
    https://www.todayintheword.org/issue.../devotions/03/
    One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.--Psalm 27:4

    “Fortunately for me, I'm not a cop. so, I can break your face into a jigsaw puzzle if I want to...”--Daredevil

    “I am a citizen of the universe. And a gentleman to boot.”--The Doctor

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    Today's Devotion:

    A LIFE-CHANGING LESSON
    https://www.todayintheword.org/issue.../devotions/04/
    One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.--Psalm 27:4

    “Fortunately for me, I'm not a cop. so, I can break your face into a jigsaw puzzle if I want to...”--Daredevil

    “I am a citizen of the universe. And a gentleman to boot.”--The Doctor

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    Today's Devotion:

    LEARNING THROUGH EXPERIENCE
    https://www.todayintheword.org/issue.../devotions/05/
    One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.--Psalm 27:4

    “Fortunately for me, I'm not a cop. so, I can break your face into a jigsaw puzzle if I want to...”--Daredevil

    “I am a citizen of the universe. And a gentleman to boot.”--The Doctor

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    Today's Devotion:

    https://www.todayintheword.org/issue.../devotions/06/
    ASKING THE ‘WHY’
    One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.--Psalm 27:4

    “Fortunately for me, I'm not a cop. so, I can break your face into a jigsaw puzzle if I want to...”--Daredevil

    “I am a citizen of the universe. And a gentleman to boot.”--The Doctor

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