A fresh look at turning the other cheek?

While Christ’s instruction to turn the other cheek has had a classic understanding to it that is about non-retaliation, there may be additional layers to this teaching.
While Christ enjoined us to virtually limitless forgiveness (“seventy times seven”), he did not ask us to take limitless slaps on the cheek. We have only two cheeks. What he may have been teaching us is to allow another person one slip of temper, followed by a check to see if that is truly what it was. An additional slap will show that the other person has no intention of stopping despite your display of non-retaliation. Once this is now clear, you are under no obligation to keep turning cheeks with that person who has openly declared himself to be your enemy. You gave him a chance to reconsider. That is enough.
Christ never asked for more than that.

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