2 Corinthians 2:10-11 To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; 11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
Matthew 18:35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
We can’t make it through this life without God’s forgiveness for us and the same applies for our relationships with others. If our relationship with God, which is between a Divine being and a human being, requires forgiveness, how much more is forgiveness required between two human beings. Human beings make mistakes and fall short of the glory of God. In the midst of personal conflict it’s not always so easy nor do we always feel like forgiving. Forgiveness, though, is by choice not feelings. We can either choose to forgive or choose not to forgive, but our “will” in involved in both. When people offend us, we will have to forgive, most of the time, not because we feel like it, but from our heart because because we decide to Matt. 18:35. The reality is:
1. Our “will” can go towards choosing to release or forgive.
2. Our “will” can go towards choosing to not release or unforgiveness.
When our will goes toward choosing to not forgive it gives satan an advantage over us (2 Corinthians 2:10-11). Satan, the one who seduces, sifts, beguiles, oppresses, deceives, torments, entices, tempts, hinders, confuses, binds, afflicts, buffets, blinds, devours, lies, vexes, takes captive, possesses, deceives, is given an advantage (exploit us; have more of us). Unforgiveness is a satanic device that opens the door or gives place to the devil to harm us even more. I think I’d rather forgive.The power and grace to forgive comes from God but the choice to forgive comes from us. Make the choice and experience His power and grace.