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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
Paul explained that it was time to forgive the man who had been punished by the church and had subsequently repented. He needed forgiveness, acceptance, and comfort. Satan would gain an advantage if they permanently separated this man from congregation rather than forgiving and restoring him. The sorrowful letter had finally brought about the repentance of the Corinthians, and their discipline of the man had led to his repentance. Church discipline should seek restoration. Two mistakes in church discipline should be avoided: being too lenient and not correcting mistakes, or being too harsh and not forgiving the sinner. There is a time to confront and a time to comfort. (NLT)
2 Corinthians 2:5-10 – I am not overstating it when I say that the man who caused all the trouble hurt your entire church more than he hurt me. H was punished enough when most of you were united in your judgment against him. Now it is time to forgive him and comfort him. Otherwise he may become so discouraged that he won’t be able to recover. Now show him that you still love him.
I wrote to you as I did to find out how far you would go in obeying me. When you forgive this man, I forgive him, too. And when I forgive him (for whatever is to be forgiven), I do so with Christ’s authority for your benefit . . .
Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger. — Ephesians 4:26 (NRSV)
Avon White’s (Tennessee) story is titled “ESCAPING BITTERNESS;” here is a portion of Avon’s story:
“. . . Over time my dream has melted away, but a recent opportunity offered a second chance. I worked for months to make the most of this opportunity, but then my business partner told me that he was no longer interested. I felt angry, betrayed, and bitter.
“That same week my church group studied forgiveness. We read Proverbs 20:23 and discussed biblical ways of working through a wrong done to us. We read Mark 11:25 where we are instructed to forgive offenses before we pray. I thought, To be able to forgive, I have to find a way to get past my bitterness. The only solution I could think of was to pray that God would change me. Over time those prayers helped me move beyond my bitterness.
“God can free us from bitterness and other emotions that destroy our joy and keep us from forgiving others. We can always rest, knowing that God is just a prayer away to help us change.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Reading scripture can direct us to new ways of living.
Prayer: Dear God, comfort us in times of hurt and disappointment. Lead us into your word where we can find strength, direction, and renewed hope. Amen.
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