When Jesus said to turn the other cheek, I don’t believe that he meant that we are supposed to be doormats and let others walk all over us. To turn one’s cheek is to turn from our little self of judgment, anger and bitterness to our larger spiritual self, to turn from a human level of consciousness to the level of our divinity.
Remember that anger in itself is not bad but is neutral energy. Heroes of the Bible got angry. Moses destroyed the Ten Commandments. David got angry at God. Jesus chased the money-changers out of the temple. Anger isn’t bad. What matters is how you manage it.
Anger can be transformed creatively by creating something new such as a painting, a musical composition, a speech, or writing a book. Rage can be transformed into social activism. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders transformed their anger into positive forces for change. When Candy Leightner’s child was killed by a drunk driver, she transformed her anger by founding Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), which has reduced alcohol-related deaths in the United States.
Anger can be transformed spiritually. You are created in the image of love. Therefore, don’t try to love your enemies. Instead, get still and allow love to do its healing work through you, to transform hate into love.
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