It means if someone does something mean to you, don't get back at them. If someone slaps your cheek, turn your head so they can slap the other one if they want to. You might be hurt emotionally or physically, but don't get revenge.
Although you've been told the biblical meaning, I was told once that if you turn the other cheek, you deserve to be hit again. Instead, hit them back hard enough that they never consider hitting you ever again.
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Last edited at 9:19PM on 10/28/2011
This was written when Israel was being persecuted by the Romans. Jesus was teaching the Israelite about love. He knew that the Israelites hated the Romans, so in order to over come this He taught them to over come by over doing. Roman soldiers could at anytime make a Jew carry their things so Jesus said if he ask you to go a mile go two miles. In other words go out your way to help those who persecute you by showing love. Soldier would just ask for clothing of Jews like their cloke so Jesus said give them your coat to. Jesus did not want them to hate so in order to teach them love they were to behave as if it was someone they did love. That is biblical history not my opinion. He was not teaching to to let things go, He was keeping them from hating.