Once the willingness to forgive is abandoned, the raison-d-etre[reason to be/for being] of the Christian fellowship is lost. The society of the forgiven has no meaning if those who are forgiven are themselves unforgiving. (Block segment mine)RVG Tasker Commentary on Matthew 18 (Tyndale New Testament Commentary)
In my preparation for a presentation on forgiveness in a few weeks, I came across this statement by Tasker as he discusses the latter half of Matthew 18. It has given me a fresh and vital perspective on the strategic importance of forgiveness as a key practice and attitude of the Christian faith and the Christian Church.