‘The devil will try to divide the church in any way he can.’ 2 Corinthians 2

The title above is an excerpt from the commentary on 2 Corinthians 2:13 in my NKJV Study Bible.

Here is the complete comment:

‘ 2:13 One of Satan’s devices, or designs, is to cheat the believer out of true forgiveness. The devil will try to divide the church in any way he can.’

2 Cor.2:13 comes at the end of a passage in which St.Paul exhorts Corinthian believers to forgive the offender.

St Paul wrote (2 Cor.2 :7-13) :

‘… you ought rather to forgive and comfort him, lest such a man be swallowed up with too much sorrow. Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love for him. For to this end I also wrote, that I might put you to the test, whether you are obedient in all things. Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for the sakes of all of you in the presence of Christ, lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.’

Here is the NKJV Study Bible comment on 2 Cor.2:7,8 :

‘forgive and comfort him: The purpose of church discipline is repentance and restoration. Forgiveness should always follow the correction, just as Christ instructed ( see Matt. 18:15-35) ‘

Now I will make a few comments of my own:                                                                        Forgiveness is costly. When Jesus uttered the words ‘Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing’ , he was dying an agonising death on the cross. Forgiveness is costly but Christ instructed us to forgive. Satan wants to lure us away from this truth as he lured Adam and Eve away from God’s truth…

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