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Do not retaliate

When hurt,
Do not resist;
Do not retaliate.

Be angry,
But don’t judge,
Or blame, or sin.

Do good to those
Who hurt you;
And forgive them;

Pray for them,
And love them
Like your kin.


Do not resist an evil person. If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also (Matthew 5:39; NLT).

Be angry but do not sin (Ephesians 4:26; NRSV).

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged (Luke 6:37; NLT).

Forgive anyone who offends you (Colossians 3:13; NLT).

Love your enemies! Do good to them (Luke 6:35; NLT).

Pray for those who hurt you. (Luke 6:28; NLT).


Resisting sin

From within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts (Mark 7:21; NLT).

I will watch what I do and not sin in what I say. I will hold my tongue (Psalm 39:1; NLT).


Help me to resist
My sinfulness today –

By dismissing
All judgemental thoughts,

Refusing to utter
Any unkind words,

And curbing every impulse
To act selfishly.

Help me, instead,
To pray for others constantly,

To think more kindly,
Speak more warmly,

And to offer love,
To everyone I meet.




And “don’t sin by letting anger control you” (Ephesians 4: 26; NLT).

People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison (James 3:7-8; NLT).

And don’t let us yield to temptation (Matthew 6:13; NLT).

Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

When we’re angry,
We can so easily
Hurt others
With our silence,
Or actions –

So please help us
To resist temptation,
And to speak the truth
In love.

In Jesus’ name,



Following on from yesterday’s blog on original sin, today’s deals with temptation, a subject which perhaps receives rather little attention in these self-indulgent times, but a very appropriate one for Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.


Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect (Matthew 5:48; NIV).
* Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil (Luke 4:1-2; NIV).
* For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin (Hebrews 4:15; NIV).
* I said, “Have mercy on me, LORD; heal me, for I have sinned against you”(Psalm 41:4; NIV).

You are perfect –
You are never even
Tempted to sin.

You are sinless –
You were tempted,
But you overcame temptation.

I’m weak and sinful –
When I’m tempted,
I nearly always give way.

I’m sorry
My sins offend you,
And hurt others.

Have mercy on me,
Forgive me,
Strengthen me,
And help me to resist temptation.