“And those who you forgive, I also do. And indeed, those which I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anyone, is because of you, in the presence of Christ, in order that we might not be taken advantage of by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his thoughts.”
(2 Corinthians 2:10-11)
“For we are not as many are, selling the Word of God for profit, but rather out of sincerity, as ones from God, in the presence of God, it is in Christ that we speak.”
(2 Corinthians 2:17)
The devil’s desire is to cause dissention and division within the body of Christ. His desire is nothing but one of destruction, waging war against the followers of Christ. One way he does that is by hampering our forgiveness of others. Not only does that hamper our forgiveness from God, but it also allows the roots of the weeds to remain in your heart—and then those ugly weeds will grow back, choking the life from you. One of the easiest ways in which you can defeat the work of Satan in your life is by being broken and willing to forgive—even at great cost.
But we do what we do not because we want to wage war against the devil—he has waged war against us. We do what we do because we are not our own; we belong to Christ. And thus, all that we do must be done in Christ and through Christ. It must be done for his glory and his glory alone. When things are boiled down, nothing else matters. We have been called and commissioned by God as his servants, and it is a mighty task that God has commissioned us to do: making disciples of all nations. Yet this task begins with our right relationship with God through Christ and our relationship with others through Christ. Our Christian witness must be one of both word and deed, forgiving as we have been forgiven. Beloved, recognize that you have been given a sacred task to forgive both small and great for the glory of God. As St. Francis of Assissi, once said, “Preach always, and if necessary, use words.”