About this dynamic of life, Jude Siciliano says,
"Jesus isn't calling us to be wimps, to lie dow and let the world run over us in its pursuit of pleasure and ease. He wants us to be an assertive, believing community, ever challenging by our values and ways of living what the world takes for granted and calls "blessings." We are, according to the beatitudes, people who practice unlimited forgiveness, peacemaking and patient loving, in the ways Jesus taught us by his living and dying."
It is too bad that many Christians use Matthew 18:15-20 as the necessary steps to go through before one has an excuse to exclude someone from the community – rather than positively as a way of resolving conflict. It makes me wonder how many of our judicial cases in the Presbyterian Church could be solved before major expense if we followed these words with the grace they were intended.