Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 8, Ezekiel 17, 2 Corinthians 2, Psalm 57.
Unforgiveness is like a drug that you must have more and more of.
It’s like a stimulant you crave.
Unforgiveness is one of the most deceptive tools Satan uses to destroy.
If not detected and dealt with immediately, the enemy will trick you into turmoil.
Consider what Paul said in 2 Corinthians 2:
“So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him. For this is why I wrote, that I might test you and know whether you are obedient in everything. Anyone whom you forgive, I also forgive. Indeed, what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sake in the presence of Christ, so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.” (vs. 8-11, emphasis added)
Paul writes to guarantee the Corinthians’ obedience. In fact, he wants them obedient in everything.
Everything includes forgiveness.
Obedience doesn’t just mean don’t lie, steal, cheat, or cuss. Obedience isn’t just about abstaining from immoral sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll.
Obedience is about forgiving those who have hurt us.
Obedience includes applying the Gospel to others the way it has been applied to you in Jesus.
The enemy loves to trick us into thinking it’s not that big of deal, when, before we know it – we are gossiping, planning revenge, slandering, and hoping the worst for someone.
In fact, Satan would like nothing more than for you to put your head on your pillow tonight proud of all the “bad things” you haven’t done while making a list of all the “good things” you have done . . . just as long as you don’t see your bitterness and unforgiving spirit as “that big of deal.” Or, even worse – if you see your unforgiving spirit as something as justified because “you didn’t do anything wrong.”
Don’t be ignorant of his designs.
Who and what do you need to forgive? Like, now?
How will you be set free if you do? How will you continue to be chained, tricked, or outwitted if you don’t?