What Is the Proper Response to an Insult?

The response to a perceived insult described in this article is so fundamentally different from that which Jesus taught His followers that it bears noting.

Sentenced to death for a sip of water – NYPOST.com.  [Ed. note:  Sorry, but it appears that the New York Post is no longer maintaining this link.]

On this subject, Jesus said:

Matthew 5:11 “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.

Jesus’ follower Paul said:

2 Corinthians 12:10Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

Jesus’ follower Peter said:

1 Peter 3:9 not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.

Perhaps this is another difference between Jesus and Muhammad, or perhaps it is only a difference between Jesus’ followers and Muhammad’s followers.  Would even Muhammad have approved of the sort of response imposed in his name on the woman in the article?

Regardless of what others teach, Jesus preferred being crucified to retaliating against those who insulted Him.  There is no one like Jesus, though we would all do well to imitate Him.  His way is the best way.

All Scriptures from the New American Standard Bible.

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