Tonight not five minutes before leaving to go to Bible study I was guided to scriptures on Forgiveness for the Sinner. When I get guided to scriptures I pay attention to them, because I know that God is trying to tell me something important. As I pick-up my friend and drive to church I think about what God wants me to hear. I reread the scriptures in the parking lot before going into the church. Then, I pray for my pastor to help him with tonight lesson. I learn there is a special meeting about a story in the newspaper concerning a former pastor. Through the whole meeting my heart goes out to the members of the church. The news affects them greatly. My mind keeps going back to the scriptures. I start to believe that maybe these scriptures aren’t just to help me. Please excuse me if I’m wrong.
2 Corinthians 2:5-11 (NIV)
“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. I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him. The reason I wrote you was to see if you would stand the test and obedient in everything. 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, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.”
I know from recently things in my life that forgiveness isn’t easy especially when the betrayal is deep and affect many people. God tells us to forgive.
As Christians we need stand tall in HIS LIGHT and hold our heads above the rest of the world.
Take what you need, leave the rest, peace and love to all.
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