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Hot Mess: Finding God in the Chaos of Life: Forgiving
August 25, 2019

Hot Mess: Finding God in the Chaos of Life: Forgiving

This week, we continue in our series, “Hot Mess: Finding God in the Chaos of Life,” in 2 Corinthians 2, where Paul calls for the church to forgive a man whom they had disciplined. Many of the “hot messes” in our lives are a result of conflict and sin in the relationships around us, and it was no different for the Corinthian church. However, Paul understood that without forgiveness, the messes we make cannot be cleaned up. Without forgiveness, our communities are marked by division and despair instead of unity and love. When sinned against, we seek justice and revenge. Because we have sinned against God, we deserve justice and judgment. However, God has broken into the chaos of our lives and given us a path to forgiveness: Jesus Christ. That was true of the Corinthian church, and it is true of us as well. Because we have been forgiven by God, we are able and called to forgive others. When forgiveness takes place in our relationships and communities, Satan is outwitted and God is glorified. As you read 2 Corinthians 2:5-11, be reminded of God’s forgiveness of your sins and gift of forgiveness to share with others!2 Corinthians 2:5-11 5 If anyone has caused grief, he has not so much grieved me as he has grieved all of you to some extent—not to put it too severely. 6 The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient. 7 Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. 8 I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him. 9 Another reason I wrote you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything. 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. (NIV)

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