2 Corinthians 2:5-7 NIV
Forgiveness for the Offender
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. The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient. Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.
“We should always cut people slack.” This is a quote from a well-timed podcast that I heard one month after we moved to Vienna, VA. Faced with the typical stresses and frustrations of moving, I was sometimes short with people who weren’t meeting my needs – not always by any fault of theirs. (What do you mean we have to wait several weeks for appointments to register for school and that my children can’t play a sport because we missed registration?) The podcast explained that since we know so little about the people around us, possibly including tough circumstances, we need to be kind. Now as I read the passage above, I realize that God wants this to always be our default response even in difficult situations: “We should always cut people slack.”
If you want to listen to the podcast yourself, it is an easy minute and seven seconds! “A Little Happier, with Gretchen Rubin,” published on September 25, 2017, titled “What I’ve Learned from Reading the Memoirs of People I Know in Real Life.” GretchenRubin.com
Dear God, when times are tough or we have been wronged, our thoughts can be self-centered. Please help us to remember that it is our obligation to provide kindness, forgiveness, compassion, and comfort to everyone. Amen.