(KJV.) II CORINTHIANS 2:9-11
(9) For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things.
(10) To whom ye forgive anything, I forgive also: for if I forgave anything, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes, forgave I it in the person of Christ.
(11) Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
RELEASE THE BURDEN!
Brethren, this is Apostle Paul, ministering to believers about forgiveness of offenders; to forgive, is to pardon others who might have wrong us, to cast away negative feelings towards offenders; not to retaliate negatively for wrongful actions and behaviors, to revenge or desire to punish offenders: cf. Matthew 5:45-48; but rather, embrace them with love, be good to them; regardless of how we feel towards offenders, let us not repay evil for evil, but good for evil: cf. 1 Thessalonians 5:15; pray to overcome issues, ask for the power to forgo burdens and traces of unforgiveness that overburdens our hearts, forgive the offenders, forget their offenses, to have peace within our innermost spirits.
Many times, we find it difficult to forgive offenders, hang onto offenses, for days, weeks, months, at times, throughout a lifetime; this should not be so! per the scriptures: Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down on your wrath. Neither, give place to the devil. cf. Ephesians 4:26-27; you see!, we give places to the devil within our hearts, to engineer our lives, mind our businesses, whenever we keep offenses; therefore, let us not allow spirits of anger infiltrate of hearts, to overshadow the glories of Jesus Christ in our lives, allow the enemy to reign supreme in our hearts; as humans, we will get offended by others, but it is godly on our parts to let go and let Jesus Christ take control of our hearts; for he said, if we forgive offenders their offenses, our heavenly father will also forgive our offenses, contrarily, if we refuse to forgive offenders, our heavenly father will not forgive our offenses as well: cf. Matthew 6:14-15; therefore, let us forgive one another's offenses, that we may obtain mercies of our Father whenever we trespass against him, through our advocate Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
Through the love and mercies of our Father, he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him, should not perish but have everlasting life. cf. John 3:16; this is an unmerited favor, no one deserves to receive, yet he gave to humanity; therefore, if we have received such a grace, let us be merciful, show kindness, love one another as ourselves; as we dwell together in this world, there will be times, when we will step, trample on each other's toes, offend one another, that is alright, but let us not allow offenses to cloud our visions, darken hearts, not to shine as lights of the world; forgive one another as our Father forgives our trespasses through the blood of Jesus Christ; again, forgive offenders, forget offences, depart from evil, do good; seek peace and pursue it in Jesus Holy Name. Amen and Amen!
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
(KJV.) 1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because of your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.