All in one place today 🙂 Please read 2 Corinthians 2:5-17, 3, 4, 5 and 6:1-13. So much today, it’s so hard to pick out a few points. What stood out to you that I didn’t mention? Let’s share!
“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 2:7-11 NKJV
Paul talks about LOVING and FORGIVING the offender “lest Satan should take advantage of us, for we are not ignorant of his devices” (2:11). Unforgiveness definitely gives your enemy a foothold. Paul tells us that unforgiveness is one of the devil’s devices, one of his strategies to weaken us and our testimony. We are being told where the trap is: now don’t fall into it! Let “the love of Christ compel us” (6:14), and forgive.
Love this verse: “we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God we’re pleading through us, we implore you: be reconciled to God” (5:20). Our ministry is reconciliation – we are called to it. We spent so much time in the Old Testament, reading time and time when God went to great lengths to bring His children back into His care. We read the Gospels, see the great lengths Jesus went to care for people and bring the outsiders in, finally giving His own life as the ultimate sacrifice to see all people restored back to the Father.
For us, the ask is “go and make disciples”, “love your neighbor as yourself”, “forgive”…. we are continuing the work that started in the garden of Eden at the moment of the first sin: man was separated from God, God took amazing and extraordinary action to reconcile man back to Him again. We don’t have to wonder what our ministry is: reconciliation! Love and forgiveness is a great start toward that end.