Comfort The Penitent

7 So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.  8 Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him.  (II Corinthians 2:7-8) 

When one has sincere repentence of wrongdoing, it is the job of the saint to provide comfort.  It is not the job of the Christian to become judge, jury and executioner.  Many Christians will fall into Satan’s snare and began to live a life of sin with no regret or remorse.  This should not be ignored.  Such a one should be disassociated from the fellowship.  But if one who has been disassociated, comes to himself and repents, it is our responsibility to provide comfort, love and forgiveness.  The penitent person will already feel nervous, uneasy and apprehensive.  These are devices of Satan.  He will say to the penitent, you will not be forgiven.  You have done wrong.  You are not good enough.  You will not be accepted.  Everyone will look at you strange.  As many have experienced, some folks will never let you live a mistake down.  They will bring it up at every opportunity.  This is not what Christianity is all about.  Christianity is about love.  Christianity is about forgiveness.  Christianity is about restoration.  Christianity is about understanding.  Christianity is about compassion.  Christianity is about mercy.  Christianity is about comfort.  If God shows mercy on us and provides comfort, we are to likewise comfort the sinner who has repented.  It is our job to show the love of Christ through our love for the penitent sinner.

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