The theme of our Sunday School class, last Sunday, was about forgiveness. There is lots of feedback conversation in our adult class. From the comments, popular opinion is that you should forgive but don't let yourself be taken advantage of. "once bitten twice shy" type of attitude. This rubbed me wrong and I've been thinking about it ever since (I didn't have a chance to speak up in class). Doesn't Jesus tell us that we forgive and forgive and forgive and forgive? Mathew 18 21Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" 22Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. How does one keep themselves in biblical alignment but protect myself from being taken advantage of? Mathew 5 38"You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.'[g] 39But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. So, are a persons instincts to protect themselves from being taken advantage of earthly in nature and should be "kept in check"?