When you think of courage you probably think of someone like this little mouse, who despite their fear, is willing to act as if they were fearless. Sometimes that is a correct definition of courage, but other times courage is the ability not to act, even if it could cost you everything. Sometimes turning the other cheek takes more bravery than fighting back. Romans 12:14 says, “Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.” That alone takes a lot of strength. Let’s face it: we may think of meekness as weakness, but could it be we’re really just afraid to risk our reputation and pride? It can be humiliating to not defend yourself when you are being made fun of or teased. It takes a lot of courage to bless your enemies, rather than cursing them.
However, turning the other cheek does not mean backing down or giving in to other people. We should always stand up for what we know is right, no matter the cost to ourselves. That’s why we must turn the other cheek, because when we are unwilling to back down, we are often mistreated. It is also why we must be brave to be a meek person, if we do not have courage we will be tempted to fight back, rather than standing up for what we believe peacefully. 1 Corinthians 16:13, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.”