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If we look closer at Jesus words, he tells us that we do not have to tolerate sinful behaviour in order to forgive a person. He says in verse 17 that if the person doesn't listen after going through all the steps, to treat that person as a tax collector or a Gentile.

Here’s how Warren Weirsbe explains what this means:

"This person can no longer be treated as a spiritual brother or sister, for they have forfeited that position. They can only be treated as one outside the church, not hated, but not held in close fellowship."

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