Has Unforgiveness Outwitted You? Part 2 of 2

Has Unforgiveness Outwitted You? Part 2 of 2

The conclusion of …

“Outwitted through Unforgiveness”

From “Say Goodbye to Shame”

By Jackie Kendall

Satan outwits me when I use “excuses” for my unforgiveness:

  • Why forgive her? She’ll only do it again!
  • Why forgive him? He doesn’t care how much I’ve been hurt!
  • Why forgive her? I know she’ll hurt me again!
  • Why forgive him? He’ll never say he’s sorry!
  • Why forgive her? She knows better than to do such a thing!

Then my wonderful heavenly Mate reminds me that unforgiveness hurts me more than it does the one I am not forgiving. When I am unforgiving, I don’t even want to pray for the capacity to love this person; I’d rather ignore her. Wow, talk about being outwitted with such unloving reasoning! I have defended my unforgiveness, but I have never won in the “courts of truth.” in fact, I was found guilty one day when I read Paul’s strong warning to the immature saints of Corinth.  Paul understood satan’s greatest device-to keep the forgiven ones from forgiving. Satan wants us to live in the condition he lives in daily-”unforgiven and unforgiving.” For me to believe it is acceptable to be unforgiving when I have been so forgiven, this is the ultimate outwitting. “I am most like Jesus, not when I am perfect, but when I am forgiving.”

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 2:10b-11).

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