Each week, we present the inspirational words of one of our partners in the form of a devotional. This week’s devotional was written by Donna Dunlap and is titled, “Godly Forgiveness.” The Word:
“…so that on the contrary you should rather forgive and comfort him, otherwise such a one might be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. Wherefore I urge you to reaffirm your love for him.” 2 Corinthians 2: 7-8 (NASB)
Reading this passage, I briefly thought God was asking for too much. Isn’t it enough that I tell my husband, my child, my friend, or anyone who’s wronged me that I forgive them? God can’t possibly want me to provide comfort when I was the one who was wronged. My mind and heart crave time to heal – a chance to get over it. I questioned if that was right, but I instantly knew it was not. I’m so thankful that Jesus didn’t need time to get over the hurt of my sins against Him. He immediately forgave me, and also comforted me. I’m so thankful that Jesus continues to forgive and reassure me daily.
Do we make it a practice to rationalize when and how we offer forgiveness? Are there people in our lives we are holding grudges against? What is preventing us from setting aside our hurts? Let us strive to show others the same unconditional love and consolation that Christ has shown us.
It’s amazing and encouraging to know that in spite of what we do, God continues to care about us. This week, call someone you have forgiven or need to forgive. Comfort them by letting them know that you love and care for them.
Father, please forgive us for withholding complete forgiveness from others. Give us hearts to love and forgive like you do. Amen.