What's the difference between dead and living water? Two words: The source. Unpacking the real meaning and why the historical context makes Jesus' words "If anyone is thirsty, let him/her come to me and drink" reverberate in the hearts of His hearers and for us today. Story source, New Testament Bible-Gospel of John Chapter 7.
The language used in Matthew 18:17 is less harsh than we initially assume since Jesus (and his community) is accused of befriending the “undesirables” like tax collectors and Gentiles. Held in tension with 1Corinthians 5, we’re glad to know God is concerned with reconciliation.