When To Forgive

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Probably the hardest relationship moments come when we have to correct one another or forgive one another. True friends will address the sin and shortcomings in our lives and help us repent and become more Christlike. Its true, the opposite of love is not hate, but apathy. You’ve heard it said, ‘Don’t let the sun go down on your anger’, right? Does that mean we have to forgive everyone immediately? No, not really. We can’t stay in a state of unforgiveness. But, while someone is still willfully sinning in rebellion to God and good counsel from loving friends, who are we to forgive what God has not? That was the case in the Corinthian church. But, finally- a man repented of a destructive sin and so Paul says ‘forgive him’… ‘I forgive him’, whom I had previously handed over to Satan. Wow! What a great example of real love in action. The result,… a victory for God and godliness and defeat for Satan, the enemy of our soul.

Now, however, it is time to forgive and comfort him. Otherwise he may be overcome by discouragement. So I urge you now to reaffirm your love for him. I wrote to you as I did to test you and see if you would fully comply with my instructions. When you forgive this man, I forgive him, too. And when I forgive whatever needs to be forgiven, I do so with Christ’s authority for your benefit, so that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are familiar with his evil schemes. 2 Corinthians 2:7-11 NLT

Do I need to seek forgiveness from anyone right now? Am I withholding forgiveness from anyone whom God has forgiven?

God, as this day begins- Oh, the people, the wonderful people to see and love in Your name. May I be a blessing to all I meet. Thank you for providing all that I need in this life. I am so grateful for family and friends. I am looking forward to seeing my middle son Keanu again today. You’ve blessed me in so many ways. May I always be one who walks in forgiveness and offers the same grace generously and with wisdom to others.

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