Sunday, August 1, 2021

2 Corinthians 2:10-11 Devotion by Stephen Taylor

2 Corinthians 2:10-11

Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven - - if there was anything to forgive - - I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.

 

Forgiving someone who has harmed you or a loved one can be one of the toughest parts of the Christian life, but it is also one of the most crucial ones. Forgiveness brings freedom and life, and unforgiveness brings bondage and death! When we don’t forgive one another the way Christ forgave us, we’re not walking in His footsteps but rather walking in the flesh.

 

I sin every day, and most of the time, I may not even realize it or acknowledge it, but the Lord still forgives me, so who am I to hold a grudge against anyone? My sins hung Jesus on the cross, and if He can forgive that, then I can forgive others! The key is to allow Him to lead you into this forgiveness. Under my own strength, it would be impossible, but through Christ, nothing is impossible.

 

When we don’t forgive, we are playing right into the enemy's hands. We give him an open invitation to bring all kinds of other sins and pitfalls and plant them in our hearts! Old wounds can be a breeding ground for new sin! We can’t heal these wounds, but Jesus Christ can, and it starts with forgiveness!

 

I have heard it said that not forgiving someone is like drinking poison yourself and hoping they die. It’s that detrimental to us and can blind us from the truth! The truth is Jesus says there is a prerequisite for our forgiveness: that we forgive one another! Ask the Holy Spirit to search your heart today and reveal to you who you may be harboring unforgiveness against and then lay that at the Lord’s feet and walk in His freedom today!

 

Matthew 6:14-15 - For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

 

God bless! I love you all! Glory, Honor, and Praise forever to God Almighty, Jesus Christ our Risen King and the Holy Spirit!

 

 

 

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