10 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, 11 in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.
2 Corinthians 2:10-11
Paul finishes the exhortation to forgive with a really poignant observation and remark, that when we forgive we work AGAINST the plans of Satan. He insinuates that unforgiveness plays into the hands of darkness and is apart of deception which lies at the heart of Satan’s schemes. This challenges the Christian to understand that personal feelings, motives, and agendas are not the only thing at play when we choose not to forgive. We are actually allowing the kingdom of darkness to take a foothold in our world.
By the power of the cross of Jesus Christ, we can give the very forgiveness that we have received. We can bestow on others the very power of transformation we have experienced. But when this is hard or difficult when it seems impossible, we don’t have to be overwhelmed with despair that the enemy is winning, we just return to the cross and ask for Christ to reveal to us again the depth of his forgiveness to us that we might extend it to others.
Jesus, reveal to us those we have yet to forgive, that we may – by your power- forgive them and outwit the schemes and plans of the devil.