Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven–if there was anything to forgive–I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes. 2 Corinthians 2:10-11
In the Corinthian church there had been someone who had done something wrong. He was punished to some point, but was then forgiven. Paul points out that he wanted to forgive so that Satan would not outwit them, knowing how he would scheme.
Forgiveness is something that most people want, but are not willing to give. They want to have revenge or punishment brought upon the person who has done something wrong to them.
Unforgiveness is something the Satan uses to trap people. It harms people in a variety of ways, though many do not believe that it is really harming any one. When a person does not forgive, God does not forgive, is the first and greatest harm done to the person who was wronged.
Along with not being forgiven, it creates bitterness and hatred. There is no real love shown. There has been people, who are believers, who have refused to forgive someone for something that was done wrong when they were a young child. As an adult, thirty-forty years later, they are still angry about the situation and refusing to forgive the person. This plays right into the schemes of Satan.
Satan does not want a person to forgive anyone else. Forgiveness brings about healing, restoration, love, life and a good relationship. Refusing to forgive brings about hatred, anger, separation, and death, things that Satan is desiring. He will strive to get people to refuse to forgive, so that it can cause God to stop forgiveness and death will be the result.
You may have some struggles or pains from the past with another person. Ask God for the strength to be able and willing to forgive that person from the heart. Do not allow Satan to have a foothold in your life and destroy you and the other person.
Forgiveness will bring about a beautiful restoration in your relationship with that person and with God. Both are things that Satan does not want you to have.
In order to forgive someone, just think about how much and how many times God has forgiven you for what you have done wrong to Him. It will be worth it.
I pray today that you will know what God has forgiven you of; that God will fill you with His love for others; that God will strengthen you to forgive others; and that God will open your eyes to what Satan is doing.