…now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ, lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices. 2 Corinthians 2:10-11.
You can do all things through Christ and that includes the willingness and ability to forgive those who have hurt you in the past. Now that you are in Christ, grace is available for you to let go of the pain in your heart and receive healing for every emotional agony you’ve had to endure. In today’s theme scripture, the Apostle Paul forgave the offender for the sake of those he loved and also to avoid giving a chance to the Enemy to take advantage of the situation. Let your love for God and for yourself propel you to forgive.
Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled (Hebrews 12:15). Your peace of mind is often affected when you hold onto the wrong that others did to you. It becomes almost impossible to relate peaceably with them. Don’t allow yourself to be embittered by the offensive behaviors of anyone. The life of God in you makes you victorious over all things. You are more than a conqueror with God’s ability to rise above every negative feeling. Refuse to be defiled in your mind and spirit by any root of bitterness. Give it up completely!
In 2 Samuel 13, David was bereaved of his dear son Amnon due to Absalom’s refusal to forgive his brother. Absalom’s thirst for revenge turned him into a murderer two years after the incidence of Tamar’s rape. It is in your best interest to walk in love and forgiveness. That doesn’t mean you are weak, it only portrays you as stronger than the person who wronged you. The Word of God says, “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. Instead of constantly rehearsing the wrong that was done to you, take out time to pray for “the offenders”, declaring with your mouth that you have forgiven them.
Jesus speaking through Paul says in Colossians 3:13-14, “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. Your heart has to be flooded with mercy towards others. Draw strength from your inner man. The love nature you inherited from Christ empowers you to forgive. The Holy Spirit has lavished God’s love in your heart; let that love heal your heart of every hurt as you forgive your offenders today!
PRAYER: Thank You Father for Your forgiveness and abundance of grace towards me. Just as you forgave me, I forgive those who have offended me today. My heart is flooded with your love, peace and mercy and I live to the glory of Your name, in Jesus’ name, amen.
FURTHER STUDY: Job 42:8-10, Romans 5:6.