Member Rara Avis
Serenity, first it does say that, you're right. It also says "live peaceably with all men IF it be possible!"
If they ask for forgiveness, then you should forgive them, because if you don't, it states that Jesus will not forgive us.
Forgiveness is NOT forgetting, but it more or less helps us to go on with life.
Sometimes that is very hard to do, but YOU can do all things through Christ who gives you strength.
Hope it helps.
Michael has a point here my dear. You don't need to be walked on, and if they are repeating the same thing over and over again, you don't need to put up with it. It's not turning your back on someone, but like the story Michael stated above, is actually 'tough love.'
We can also forgive them, and move on with our life, "if one be offending, cut them off." Ya know where it states better to go into eternity with one eye...?? Well, it don't really mean your literal eye, but an offending party, if they are to bring the rest of the group (or known as body of Christ) down, then cast them away from you.
And not throwing your pearls before swine...God's word is the pearl (wisdom), and if you speak it to others and they care not to listen or heed, then you are throwing *so to speak* pearls or jewels before swine. Pretty much giving something valuable to someone who will not give a damn about it. That's when you shake the dust off your feet and move on.
[This message has been edited by WhtDove (edited 12-22-2000).]