Turning the other cheek.
February 24, 2001
Santa Cruz, California
Received by K.S.
A’s question: As far as I know, the idea of “turning the other cheek,” as presented in the New Testament, is not mentioned anywhere in either the Padgett or Samuels messages. This concept has always confused me because I have not felt it was right to be a victim and not stand up for myself. Please enlighten me as to the truth or untruth of this statement. Thank you.
I am here with you, my beloved sister in Christ. We are always pleased when you choose to allow yourself to be a channel for our thoughts. Even though mediums are not perfect in the receptivity of our thoughts in every detail, we have ways of getting around certain blocks which we are aware that you have or might put up under certain situations or subjects, and we are predominantly satisfied that our main points are made clear on most issues.
If the teaching of Jesus was not mentioned in the messages through Padgett or Samuels about “turning the other cheek,” perhaps it was because it was presumed to be known by the recipient. But can you not see the condition of the world as it exists is a result of people who do not believe in turning the other cheek? Do you desire to support the continuance of this “standing up for what you believe is right” when you realize the result will be war?
Turning the other cheek is a sign of humility. Humility is the touchstone for an entrance into the Celestial Heavens. There are many right ways something can be done. Defending your way, your self, is not always necessary or helpful in attaining harmony. “Live and let live” is a good attitude. Doing things in Love is the greatest solution to every problem/situation. What is it you feel that you need to defend? Your pride? Is someone telling you that you are wrong about something? Maybe that is their opinion, maybe their opinion is in error. But is it worth acting out of harmony with love to prove that you are right?
Walk away, do your own thing the way your love moves you to, but do not confront others for not agreeing with you. Don’t you clearly see how turning the other cheek is the only way peace and harmony will be established upon this earth? When you have six billion people standing up for their rights trying to prove they are right and you are wrong, how do you suppose harmony will ever come to pass?
God loves you. You need to accept this and know that you are good and that you can progress and become better, and that even though improvements can be made and are being made, there is no great advantage to standing up to a fellow human being to show that you are good enough, or that what you do or believe is better than what he or she does or believes in. What is that going to prove? How is that going to help establish love and harmony between yourself and your fellow human beings?
You are the master of your ship. How you sail her is up to you. But your loving example will be of greater influence on those around you than any kind of self-defense or “standing up for your rights” could ever be.
“An eye for an eye” is what the reasoning mind might believe is justice, but a loving soul will know that fighting over a material thing, even if it be something as seemingly important as an eye, is not worth accumulating contamination onto that loving essential part of your being for the purpose of proving that you are right.
Even if “turning the other cheek” is not mentioned as an important part of the divine teachings, I will tell you from my heart that when you receive a sufficient portion of the Father’s Grace, you will know beyond doubt that it is true, valued, real, and something you will wish to follow and apply in your life as a living and loving example of Divine Love made manifest through you.
God’s laws are perfect. His creations are perfect. Humankind has become imperfect because his free will choices have not been always motivated by love. These results are apparent in the hatred displayed in the nations trying to prove that they should be the victors. They have as much right to be in control as anyone else. They have not adopted the “live and let live” attitude.
I will go so far as to conclude that humankind, because of the lack of love development, because of the negative emotions taking ascendancy in their lives, attract “compensation” for their unloving thoughts and actions, creating events which otherwise would not have occurred.
To the “thinking person,” it seems too far fetched to believe that, for example, a meteorite could be attracted to earth as a result of evil thoughts, desires, and intentions. But to a soul developed in Love, this is a plausible fact. To the soul developed in Love, “coincidences” are seen as the perfect workings of God’s laws, blessing, guiding, and overseeing the care of His beloved children.
I will further explain that the universe is tremendously large, and that the lower spheres of the spiritual heavens, even though they extend almost as far as the solar system galaxy, the negative, self-centered, defensive “I want to stand up for my rights” attitudes, have no effect upon the outer galaxies or upon the perfection of God’s creation in these realms. In the higher spheres of the natural heavens, where natural love is being perfected, there isn’t gross negativity being broadcast, so the interference is less.
Erroneous beliefs are not a sin. It’s a higher and better desire to know the truth, but if error in judgment were a sin, there would be no one on earth free of sin. Mistakes are made, all choices are not perfect. If there are many good ways something can be done, there is not always a highest and best choice. For example, if someone skilled in mechanical abilities chooses to create something, or makes a repair, their choice in the methodology used would be different from someone who has different skills. This does not make one right and one wrong: it only makes their way of performing their task “different.” So, we are back to love motivation being the factor which determines the “rightness” of an action.
As one progresses in Love, his or her choices will approach nearer perfection, nearer to what would be considered “highest and best” overall.
But when people are on the spiritual evolution pathway, no one can be excluded from this category. They need to make choices in accordance with their current love development/soul condition, a choice based upon their movement of love to the greatest of their ability at the time. They may look back upon that incident, upon that choice, in the future when their love nature is more highly developed and realize that it was not such a great or loving choice after all. But under the circumstances of their development at the time, it was the highest and best choice they were able to make.
Do you not know that God is the only Judge and that His children only have to answer to Him? If you decide that someone is in error, it is not up to you to reprimand that person. You know that he is under the purview of God’s laws, and that it is your responsibility to become as loving an example as you can possibly be to help your fellow human beings find their way out of the darkness of their own unenlightenment.
And “turning the other cheek” is the highest and best way you can exemplify the power of God’s Love in your life and show the unenlightened one that fighting, arguing, defending his rights, is not the way to peacefulness and joy; does not bring satisfaction and fulfillment to heart and soul.
Giving love, forgiving others, demonstrating acceptance, tolerance, peacefulness, and the like will go further toward establishing acceptance of your ways, than all the defenses you could possibly undergo.
I feel that I have covered the subjects well enough to make my points clear. I pray that those seeking truth will be able to see the validity in what I have written. I will leave you now with my blessings and thank you for allowing me to convey my thoughts through you this morning. I am a follower of Jesus’ teachings and a high Celestial spirit. Amen.