Over the years Lisa and I (mainly Lisa) have written down memorable moments of our children. It is fun to look back and remember all the funny things they said and did, we often feel like we experience the joy of those moments all over again.
Recently, Lisa and I were remembering a funny moment during of one the children sermons at our previous church. The children's topic that day was on forgiveness. They were gathered near
the altar and asked, "What does it mean to take offense toward someone?" Our youngest daughter Katie, nearly four years old, quickly and confidently raised her hand, to announce to the church to take offense means, "You take a fence and build it around someone!"
Once we picked ourselves up off the floor and people quieted their laughter, we realized she was actually kind of right. When you take offense toward someone in many ways you do build a fence by shutting them out. By acting cold toward them, holding a grudge, avoiding conversation, or distancing us from any kind of relationship. There may not be a literal fence, but a wall has been built up.
When Jesus talks of "Turning the other cheek" in its most simplistic form it means to stay in relationship with the very person who struck you. The very opposite of our nature and what the world teaches. We don't retaliate or build up a fence to keep them away. Instead we pray that God would change their hearts and ours, and in time we might feel called to approach them not out of anger or retaliation but in love. The very same thing that God has done for us, he didn't build up a fence to keep us out, he tore it down to provide a way that we can have a relationship with him.
Try to understand other people, and forgive anyone who offends you. If someone does wrong to you, forgive that person because the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13
Glorify God and Enjoy Him Forever,