If anyone has caused grief, he has not so much grieved me as he has grieved all of you, to some extent—not to put it too severely. The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient for him. Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. 2 Cor. 2: 5 – 7
For some reason, forgiveness has always come easy for me. I am not sure if it’s considered a spiritual gift, but I simply never hold a grudge. That’s not to say I don’t get upset when I feel I’ve been wronged, but I’ve always been able to get over the anger quickly and not dwell on it. My take on it has always been that in any altercation, there are at least two parties. And, I usually can see how I may have caused the other party to “wrong” me even if my actions were barely egregious. The rest of Paul’s passage (especially verse 11) get’s the heart of the matter though.
I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him. 10 If you forgive anyone, I also forgive him. And what I have forgiven—if there was anything to forgive—I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, 11 in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes. 2 Cor. 2: 8, 10-11
The enemy finds a way in through our sin. And although I may feel confident that I don’t struggle with holding grudges, I can’t let my guard down. It is easier to feel “righteous” about being unfairly persecuted. It takes energy to forgive someone for an unjust crime. The trouble is, the enemy feeds on our complacency. God wants us out of our comfort zones. Staying sharp is imperative.
God, You know exactly what I need to stay sharp. Thank you for letting me be part of this group. For giving me the ability to read the bible every day and read these posts every day. Thank you for guiding me in being a contributor. It too keeps me sharp. In His name – Amen!