I found this verse as I was reading and praying about forgiving someone of a very hurtful debt that accumulated over many years and through many circumstances. I have chosen to forgive and am laying it at the feet of Jesus, but I also know that it will be a battle for me to love this person with the love of Christ because I want to protect my own heart. Oh yeah! It’s not my own heart – I gave it to Jesus. He can protect it or if it gets stomped on again, he can heal it. Most of all, I want this person to experience all of God and what joy he has for her. I don’t want Satan to get her heart or mine because of my unforgiveness. Now if my emotions will just line up, I will be good to go! God is able – one step at a time.
so that I might put you to the test,
whether you are obedient in all things.
But one whom you forgive anything, I forgive also;
for indeed what I have forgiven, If I have forgiven anything, I did it for your sakes in the presence of Christ,
so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes.”
2 Corinthians 3:9-11