Turning The Other Cheek

by Catherinebutterfly


Mama

Come unto me,
all ye that labour and are heavy laden,
And I will give you rest.
With these words I knew I was blessed.
Take my yoke upon you*
And youíll never fail my test.
I will give this people favor and respect*

Well the human in me, struck out at you.
When you pushed me today
I refused to let you have your way
I did not do what I know is right to do.
I slammed dumped at you.
This wasnít a very wish thing to do.

There is neither Jew nor Greek, *
There is neither bond nor free,
There is neither male nor female;
For ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
I was made color blind some years ago.
But if I sit around and take every punch
slung my way
I doubt if I will make it through another day.

I am to love you
This donít mean
I am no people pleaser
I am to forgive you no matter what you do

While talking to my Mama
I said this canít be true.
Oh I can still hear my Mama say
Jesus did not teach laws of retaliation.
This was one of Mama's great conversations

If anyone strikes you on the cheek,*
Turn to him the other also
My Mama just didnít know
Things out here ainít the way it use to be
If I turn my cheek they subject to kill me.

Just as they did dear Jesus when he turned his
But Mama seemed to think this was a big deal
This turning of the cheek,
walking away on these streets.

My Lord Mama was behind times
and I was expected to mind.
I looked at Mama and I tried
Truly to understand, how she could
Tell me her very own blood
To stand still and be hit, slapped or kicked
To just do nothing and understand.

You never have to retaliate; Mama said to me.
If you completely and totally give your life to God
God will take care of you, you will see.
Mama tried hard to drill these things in me.

But my eyes and mind was shut and
I just could not, would not believe that
Mama expected this from me.

God will return to you more and more abundantly
If you but stand still All he want child is your Will
Mama I told her one day.
Mama I just can't deal.
I am me, and you are you
I try so hard to forgive.

But when I am disrespected the flames
Consume me, my brain get a rush
And I can't seem to hush.
Whatís a girl to do?
Honey always takes Jesus with you.

See when Jesus prayed for his enemies:
ďFather, forgive them;
For they know not what they do.Ē
This also Honey is what our Dear Jesus expects
From me and you.

Even at the moment of death on the cross,
Jesus was so earnest in forgiving.
He hung there child, cause he was looking forward
To our living.
His very last act was motivated
by his love for his enemies.
However holy a person may be,
He is always bound by his human character
And vulnerability.
But Mama I said that evening.
I ain't Jesus. I am me.

She turned and looked me straight in the eyes.
Boldly spoke these words
Let him in and then you will see.
How easy it is to do the things that
Lead to eternity.

Your service must be born from willingness
From love, understanding and respect
No matter how horrible a person might seem
As a child of God them you can't reject.

Well I gave it a try
I tell you no lie.
The first time I got slapped
I wanted to fight back,
When I couldnít throw a right
I just wanted to die.
Instead I went into the little girl's room and
I sat there and I cried.

One minute Mama was saying
Stand up for what is right
Fight the good fight

Be filled with determination to fight to the bitter end.
Just know it's only through truth and honesty
That you will win.

You got to learn to resist the devil*
Stand up and fight against him
And he will flee from you*
If you but know who you know
And what you know
That you know you know.
For the devil know, who you know,
And what you know
That you know, what you can do,
If to that one you are true.

Turning the cheek instead of hitting the creep
Wasnít an easy thing to do.
But for the truth of God
I did not violate my faith
I am honestly still walking towards the heavenly gate

Buy the Truth, and sell it not
No matter whatís going on,
No matter how hot
Even when the world gives you
An upper cut. Look up, and pray

God forgive them for they know not what they do
But honey no matter what anyone says
To thine own self be true.

I turned to my Mama pecked her on her forehead
As she laid on her bed and said
Mama, God have truly blessed you
As I truly love you.




Turning The Other Cheek by Catherinebutterfly

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