Forgiveness I'm new here, this is my first post, actually. I was looking for help, and found this site. In the past, I made many mistakes. Did things I shouldn't have. Hurt people. I would give anything to take it back, but we can't erase the ugly parts of our past. I spent almost a year soul-searching, and praying to God. I beat myself up for a long time, over bad choices I had made. Depression overwhelmed me, and there were many times I wanted to just die. Finally, I got past that. I made every attempt to face my past, apologized to the people I had hurt, and was sincere. Then, I began making changes in myself. A situation has arose recently, which has the outward appearance of being "just like" my past. The truth is, things are very different this time. And no one will be hurt by these choices. I am happy, and feeling good about myself. Sadly, the "community" I dwelt in has started throwing stones. Accusing me of not changing. Of being the bad person I used to be. And saying this is an identical situation, when it isn't at all. They have truly tried to run me out on a rail. Using Bible quotes & scriptures to "make their point". Gossiping about me, trying to ruin my reputation which I worked so hard on fixing, trying to turn others against me, and shunning me. My question is this... How does their reactions fit in with God's word?