Happy Tuesday! Yesterday we read 2 Corinthians chapter 2, verses 5-8 on Paul’s instructions for the Corinthian church to forgive. Today, Paul continues to explain the importance of forgiveness. Join me as we read verses 9-11.
“9 I wrote to you as I did to test you and see if you would fully comply with my instructions. 10 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, 11 so that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are familiar with his evil schemes.” – 2 Corinthians 2:9-11 NLT
Sisters and brothers, Satan is always looking for an open door where he can enter and disrupt peace in our lives. He will bring the list of offenses and count them off twice to ensure we remember the pain that we endured at the hand of someone else. But God, the One who calls you by name, the One who calls you His own, the One who gave His life for you and me, the One who redeems, and the One who makes us whole is the same One who breaks the chains of bondage and sets us free to trust Him so that we can lay aside unforgiveness and be at peace within our souls. Don’t let Satan hold you captive. He will try to keep you oppressed and depressed, but instead keep praying to the God who heals and restores. God didn’t create you to be held captive to unforgiveness, he created you for greater things – with Christ’s authority walk into this day with forgiveness in your heart and in deep prayer for those you need to forgive. Then watch God work.
Father God, thank you for your forgiveness of our sins. Lord, thank you for ministering to us and our need to forgive whatever needs to be forgiven. Father God, you are all mighty and powerful, but you come to us and speak to us with perfect love and assurance that we can trust you and your ways. Lord, replenish us with your Holy Spirit, guide our speech and what flows from our mouth so that it will be pleasing to you. Lord, we pray for everyone who has unforgiveness in their hearts for one reason or another. Lord, we ask that you bring healing into their hearts and minds. Lord, only you know the depths of unforgiveness and why. So Lord, right now in the name of Jesus we lay down unforgiveness for ___________ and ask that you begin to purify our hearts and set us free from the bondage of unforgiveness. In Jesus name, amen.
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