Forgive, Comfort, and Reaffirm Love

“If anyone has caused pain, he has caused pain not so much to me but to some degree – not to exaggerate – to all of you. The punishment inflicted by the majority is sufficient for that person. As a result, you should instead forgive and comfort him. Otherwise, this one may be overwhelmed by excessive grief. Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love to him. I wrote for this purpose: to test your character to see if you are obedient in everything. If you forgive anyone, I do too. For what I have forgiven – if I have forgiven anything – it is for you in the presence of Christ. I have done this so that we may not be taken advantage of by Satan. For we are not ignorant of his schemes.” 2 Co 2:5-11

If you join me for bible study you will recognize we spoke recently about this verse. First, we will peruse the verse then look at how it applies in prayer. “If anyone has caused pain” (distress, grief, heaviness, sorrow) to one person how many people are ultimately affected? For example, a husband causes pain (distress, grief, heaviness, sorrow) to his wife and she is wounded. As a result, she affects (purposely or not) every other person she comes in contact with that day (kids, business employees, friends of kids, neighbors, …). Keep in mind the way she affects people may not necessarily be unpleasant, but she may not be able to edify others in the way she could have. When we cause pain, I surmise we have no idea of the far reaching effects it has…but God does. Do you feel differently when considering the pain you cause someone may be the source of their limited impact for God that day?…

~~~If you would like to read more of this devotional or others like it, they are located in my book A Devotional on Faith, Hope, and Love by Amanda Seipel. This book can be purchased on Amazon. I am blessed to serve you!~~~

 

In His grace,

Amanda

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