Conflicts can escalate quickly, sometimes over things of little to no importance. How we react to injustice is critical to avoiding the consequences of excessive outrage. Old Testament law taught equal retaliation for injustice; the law was intended to limit the level of retaliation, to avoid conflict escalation. In this passage, Jesus teaches us not only how to de-escalate conflict but also how to respond as Jesus would respond to injustice.

 

Matthew 5:38-42