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Jesus Reveals God’s True Intent Behind the Law, Part 49 — The Law of Retribution (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 310 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 677 since Jan. 1, 2016)

Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 5:38-42:

38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:

39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.

41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.


Jesus used three specific examples to explain how the law of retribution should be applied in the Kingdom of God — (1) turning the other cheek, (2) coming to agreement with an adversary instead of going to court, and (3) going the extra mile. These narrow and somewhat out-of-date examples give us a template by which we ought to operate as children of God in the unbelieving world where we have many opportunities to be met with offense. What are the big lessons we can learn from this passage that can be applied to any situation?

(1) Seeking “justice” is not always the best way to represent Christ. Law and order has its place in our society, and it is the role of government to establish and maintain law and order. However, when we as Christians are wronged either for our faith or as a matter of personal insult, we possess the ability by the power of the Holy Spirit to respond with mercy and grace. We can turn the other cheek; in fact, Christ commands us to. We do not always have to seek “justice” for ourselves — especially when justice is simply a means of exacting punishment, soothing our wounded pride, and preserving our egos.

(2) Turn opportunities for retribution into opportunities for redemption. The people who do you wrong expect you to respond in kind. If they have been mean to you, they expect you to be mean to them. But Jesus calls us to take the high road. Whenever we do the work of God in response to the work of the devil, we shine light in darkness. Our little moments of light-shining point to the Light of the World, Jesus Christ. When we show Jesus through our words and actions — by not rendering evil for evil, but on the contrary, blessing — we make occasion for people to see the impact of the Gospel in our lives.

(3) We ought to be, in the words of F.B. Meyer, “incessant givers.” The world says, “Get, get, get.” But the saints ought to give, give, give. There are times when we will rightfully be on the receiving end of blessings, but we ought to always be looking for ways we can bless others. Our example of giving is God himself. He sends sunshine and rain on the good and evil alike. He provides food and clothing to those who know Him and love Him as well as to those who don’t know Him and hate Him.

How people behave toward us should not determine how we behave toward them. Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives ought to determine that, with the ultimate goal being the Salvation of those who cross our path. F.B. Meyer said, “The love of God must be poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. We must learn to unite ourselves with our Father’s redemptive purpose, looking at the wrong done to us, not so much from our standpoint, but from that of the wrongdoer, with an infinite pity for all the poisonous passion which is filling his heart, and an infinite desire to deliver and save him. One thought for his welfare will thus overmaster all desire for our personal revenge, and we shall heap on his head the hot coals of our love, to melt his heart and save him from himself.”


Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.