When someone does something nasty or unjust towards you, it is natural for most people to want to get their revenge. Jesus didn’t want us to think this way. I think this law is fairly self-explanatory so instead of writing in more detail about the meaning of the law, I have decided to rewrite it using modern day examples. Below is the law as written in the bible, followed by my interpretation so it is easy for you to compare and think about your own experiences…
 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’  But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.  And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well.  If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.  Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
My modern day version:
 You may have heard people say, ‘an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth,’ as an answer to getting their revenge.  But remember that someone is only able to chase you if you run. If someone says nasty things to you, or tries to bully you, don’t be bullied. Hear what they have to say and walk away calmly, not giving them the satisfaction of hurting you.  If someone lends you money, don’t just forget about it, but give it back to them with a bonus box of chocolates as a thank you.  If everyone is required to work more unpaid hours at work, but you know your colleague was looking forward to visiting family at that time, do your extra work and theirs in addition.  If a homeless person desperately needs money, do not lend it to them but give it as a gift. If you know you parents are having financial problems, do not ignore them and pretend they are not there.
On writing this, please do not think I am trying to better the bible! The bible is the true foundation behind all experiences. I have merely tried to show how we can put what the bible says into the context of our daily life, helping us to reflect on the best way to behave as Christians.
And remember, someone can only chase you if you run.
Tomorrow I shall be writing about the last, but undoubtedly not the least, law in Matthew 5… loving you enemies.