Passage: 2 Corinthians 1:23-2:11
Verse: 2 Corinthians 2:5-7 (NIV)
If anyone has caused grief, he has not so much grieved me as he has grieved all of you to some extent—not to put it too severely. The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient. Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.
It is often difficult to forgive those who have offended, hurt, or persecuted us in some way. However, unforgiveness often leads to bitterness and a hardened heart. Forgiveness does not mean we forget what has been done to us or that we continue to subject ourselves to the same type of poor treatment. May the Spirit of Christ help us to forgive those who have wronged us. May He help us to rise above the desire to repay others in kind. Protect us from further abuse at the hands of others and enable us to stand in obedience to You. (inspired by Reflecting God – Devotions for Holy Living, WordAction Publishing Company)