“But whoever slaps you on the cheek, turn to him and give the other”. In any culture the above behavior is an insult and demands a human response. In what we like to think are more gentlemanly times, this slap led to a duel to the death. I think this analogy is not far off the mark. Jesus is essentially telling us when we are insulted, don’t return fire and amplify the trouble, give your attacker the other cheek in submission. Make no mistake His words declare in their original context, “I will be your servant”. This gets right down to gut level pride in every one of us, yet Paul declares this is part of the gospel message, “For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bond-servants, for Jesus sake”. This does not mean we simply do what we are told, it means we do what Jesus told us to do (preach the gospel) in love. They may not receive it, hence “turn the other cheek”, yet we are serving them never-the-less. We must understand that love will win over hate, and doing good to your enemies, understanding Jesus will take vengeance (should they not repent), is what brings conviction (heaps coals of fire on their head) as Romans 12:19-21 states.