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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
2 Corinthians 2:11
In order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.
A man in the church in Corinth had messed up, and the church had publicly called him out. St. Paul, writing to that church, told them to forgive the man because he had learned his lesson. The Apostle was concerned that if the church didn’t forgive the man, Satan would gain a foothold in the church. Assessing the problem, St Paul said, “I’m Fully Aware Of What’s Happening.”
Never underestimate the power of forgiveness. And never underestimate how much Jesus detests it when His people judge others. You have one of two decisions when someone has hurt you. One, you can lash out at them with a spirit of anger and keep the offense going until, in time, it rots you. Or two, you can choose to forgive the person or persons who have hurt you. If you choose the latter of the two options, you will have something to do beyond looking at others with a judgmental eye. Jesus told us not to judge in Scripture. That has become the way too many people look at others. Instead, decide today to believe in people. If we decide to forgive people ten times as much as we judge (and we can), the bad situations we’re faced with will begin to go away. Forgive someone today!
I won’t step out of this house this AM until you’ve shown me who to forgive today. I know that forgiveness breaks the curse of sin’s hold on me. Amen