Forgiveness

April 10, 2018

2 Corinthians 2:10-11… Anyone whom you forgive, I also forgive. Indeed, what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sake in the presence of Christ, so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.

            Did you know that Satan is behind unforgiveness? It is one of his designs. Forgiveness is anti-human, to some degree anti-American. God initiated forgiveness when He sent his Son to redeem us. He looked past our wrong doings and loved us. We learn, in the course of life, to hold some people captive to past misdeeds. That is the human way of maintaining control and keeping sanity, but it is not God’s way.

            Forgiveness looks past all wrong doings. That can be interpreted stupidly.

For example; if someone has abused a child, that person is not a good candidate to be a babysitter for your children.  That is not what is in view here.  What is in view is: even though a person has made a mistake in the past, we forgive him and let him go forward in forgiveness instead of the memory of his stupid mistakes. Here is the difficulty:

            Forgiveness is only necessary when one has been wronged. It is not necessary when there is no wrong done. God taught us the power of forgiveness in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. And that is how forgiveness works. It does not require changed behavior; it precedes changed behavior.  

Verse 9… For this is why I wrote… that I might test you and know whether you are obedient in everything.

            Forgiveness is being obedient to God. It might seem like you aren’t being true to circumstances. “But, Lord, what he/she did is just unacceptable.” God already knows circumstances and actions. He also knows when you choose forgiveness even when you don’t really feel like it. He puts His love into action in that situation.  If you don’t forgive when you have the opportunity, Satan will turn it in his favor. We don’t forgive when it makes sense; mostly, we forgive when it doesn’t make sense to us. We must set our hearts to live for God all the time.