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Samuel Conner | Sun, 09/06/2020 - 14:35 | Permalink

Perhaps one could read the “always forgive” command, along with somewhat similar counsel in Mt 5:38-42, through the lens of “de-escalation rather than escalation” of conflict, which would tie into a recurrent theme in Jesus’ warnings to Israel to “repent or perish.”

Violent times are at hand, and those who are unwilling to bend in the gale, or to flee from it, will be broken by it. In such times, if the community of Jesus-followers cannot even be at peace with itself, it too will be destroyed.

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