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unretaliative (adjective)
Being forgiving and doing good to anyone who is repulsive or insulting: In the Bible, there are several unretaliative actions that are suggested for people to follow; a few of which are presented below:
  • "Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy." (Matthew 5:7)
  • "You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, Do not resist someone who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also; and if any one would sue you and take your coat, let him have your cloak as well; and if any one forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. (Matthew 5: 39-41)
  • "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. (Matthew 5: 43-45)
  • Then Peter came up and said to Him, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?" Jesus said to him,"I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven." (Matthew 18: 21-22)
  • Bless those who persecute you, bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; never be conceited. Repay no one evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends upon you, live peaceably with all. (Romans 12:14-18)
  • Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21)
—Compiled from The Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version;
Thomas Nelson & Sons; New York; 1953.
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