There are 3 verses in Colossians 3 that make a huge statement about God’s people living in harmony with one another. “As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” (Colossians 3:12-14)
Right in the middle of those verses Paul reveals something that at times people find extremely difficult… Get along with one another _ forgive one another _ and the one we struggle with the most, do it like Jesus does it.
It’s inevitable that you will be mistreated. Mistreatment can be the catalyst for God doing something great, or it can be the catalyst of your undoing. How you respond to mistreatment determines whether or not you experience God’s peace and joy. The sooner you begin living by these principles, the sooner you’ll overcome the effects of mistreatment. Recognize God’s hand, and trust him to turn the curse into a blessing. Release the offender, because in doing so you release yourself. Repay them with kindness when the opportunity presents itself. Finally, re-invent the relationship to make it what it should have been all along.
That is exactly why Jesus came _ to re-invent a broken relationship between God and people _ and He did it. It took a great sacrifice on His part but He felt the relationship was worth it. The same is true when it comes to repairing broken relationships we face.
So, church forgive, forget, and move on.