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Today’s devotion is based on Paul’s letter to the congregation at Corinth. 2 Corinthians 7:2-4, “Make room for us in your hearts. We have wronged no one; we have ruined no one, nor tried to take advantage of anyone. I do not say this to condemn you; for, as I have said before, you are so dear to us that we are always together, whether we live or die. I am so sure of you; I take such pride in you! In all our troubles, I am still full of courage; I am running over with joy.”
Because we are human, there will be times when people will act without love when people are hurt, and so on. And, because we are human, there is likely to be an initial feeling of ‘righteous indignation’: ‘How dare he or she speak to me like that?’ People may tell others in no uncertain terms about the grievance they feel. But, on cooling down, and probably after some more discussion and praying together, people accept that they have been wrong. They are sorry for it, and they receive the healing and joy – bringing peace of forgiveness to the congregation. That my dear brothers and sisters in Christ is the Christian congregation that God desires.
Please pray with me the prayer for today. Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, forgive me for the times I let my human nature control me. Help me to accept the necessary correction from those who care enough to speak to me. Help me to accept forgiveness, and to forgive. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.


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