“You should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him. For this is why I write that I might test you and know whether you are obedient in everything . . . so that you will not be outwitted by Satan for we are not ignorant of his designs.” 2 Corinthians 2:7-9, 11(ESV)
We continue to look at Paul’s thoughts on forgiveness. He tells the believers at Corinth and us to reaffirm our love for those who have offended us. Sometimes we forget to remind them that we confront them about the hurt they caused and actually make the problem bigger. A dear friend, now living in heaven, used to say she would, “speak the truth, in love,” when she had to counsel someone in a sticky situation or one who had a concern.
Looking back on those times, I realize she was tempering her remarks with her concern for the souls involved, especially the ones to whom she talked. She lived close to the Lord and studied her Bible daily. She walked her talk.
Living in our present world, we have to be aware of the enemy’s presence in our daily lives, our homes, our business world, and our church families. His style is to divide and conquer. When we are aware of his tactics and seek to stop him, we are able to grow closer to the Lord.
The Apostle Peter tells us to, “Be sober-minded; be watchful.Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour.” (I Peter 5:8, ESV) I believe this admonition is something we, all of us, take to heart.