Well more of Paul's instructions as how to achieve that community that we should aspire to in Christ. When we concern ourselves with others and how we can affect them, we walk a little closer to Christ. It's good to remember tho....that as much as we care about others, we'll never be able to love them as much as we are called to love them unless we allow Christ to love them through us.
I've been struggling lately with the issue of anger and accountability. I feel like there have been times that I've surrendered myself and maybe it wasn't the choice that was in my best interest....times I should have stood up and said....this behavior makes me angry and it's not okay. I find myself wrestling with the love we are called to show and actually perverting it with my attempts to "love" by not being angry with actions that hurt me.
I'm not sure that there is a hard and fast rule for when it's okay...and when it's not....to "turn the cheek"
So...Paul says "don't look out ONLY for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too."
I find the ONLY encouraging. It means I don't have to be a doormat...but the balance is....I don't treat someone else that way as well.
Things to chew over....