“But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness. For if I make you sorry, who is he then that maketh me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me?” 2 Corinthians 2:1-2 KJV
Forgiving, it is being able to stop feeling angry or resentful towards someone for an offence, flaw or mistake. You don’t only stop, and ; “…contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive…and comfort him , lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.” 2 Corinthians 2:7
Forgiveness is an action or process of forgiving which here is to stop feeling angry, and comfort.
Here are some ways of how we may be able comfort;
1. Respect those with different opinions from yours
Sometimes it’s important that we tolerate some behaviours that we may dislike or disagree with.
2. Exercise restraint
“This punishment which was inflicted by the majority is sufficient for such a man, so that, on the contrary, you ought rather to forgive and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one be swallowed up with too much sorrow.” 2 Corinthians 2:6-7
Forgiving doesn’t mean we should become harder on those we’ve forgiving. Remember the mercies of our Lord Jesus Christ, “For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.” Hebrews 2:16-17
3. Save lives
“So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.” 2 Corinthians 2:7
Our calling is not to make others feel bitter and discouraged but that even when they sin they be recovered in the same way Peter was also restored.
Jesus said, “I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it?” Luke 6:9
Another reason for forgiveness is to keep ourselves from being outsmarted by Satan.
“Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” 2 Corinthians 2:11
“For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things. 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.” 2 Corinthians 2:9-10
We demonstrate Christ’s power whenever we forgive.
For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things. To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also:
We’re sent with a message of hope;
- to forgive,
- to give joy, happiness, vs 3
- to show love, vs4,8
- to not hurt others, vs 4
“As far as God is concerned there is a sweet, wholesome fragrance in our lives. It is the fragrance of Christ within us, an aroma to both the saved and the unsaved all around us.” 2 Corinthians 2:15