“Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.” Leviticus 19:18
This is aimed at Christians as well as the Hebrews of the Old Testament. The key words are “anyone among your people”. In John 13:35 Jesus proclaims that the world will know we are His representatives on this earth by our love for one another. We must forgive those things said and/or done to us by those of the brethren understanding that they too are from dust and to dust shall return just as we are. If their actions persist there is a different course of action to take, but it never involves revenge or grudge holding. You take the situation to another brother or sister or even to the pastor to act as a mediator.
There are far too many breaches in the wall caused by those within the body of Christ. My friends, this ought not to be. For those who seek to serve God with sincere hearts this is an anomaly that mustn’t take place. This departure from the norm that has been established by our Lord will break down the very fiber of our faith and cause us to be at each other’s throats over non-essential elements. I believe it comes in part from a noncommittal attitude toward our walk with Christ. If we all took our walk as seriously as I believe we are meant to, these breaches would be less frequent. There will be no place for such behavior in heaven; therefore, we should be practicing godly behavior within the body during our stay on earth.
The Lord is mindful of all rifts and strife that exist in His church and is no doubt displeased with its existence. Forgiveness is available, but it must be sought and accepted with the idea that the individual turn away from past behavior. We serve a merciful and loving God. Let us not trample His grace under foot with ill-tempered words and/or actions. Until Christ’s return, walk with the King and be a blessing!