Satan’s Advantage

In II Corinthians chapter 2 the Apostle Paul was telling the church at Corinth that they needed to forgive the man that expressed sorrow over his sin. He then tells them in verse 11, “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” The church was in danger in I Corinthians because they had not stood against the sin the man was guilty of as he remained in good standing with the church. Now they are in danger because they have yet to forgive and restore him to the fellowship of the body. Satan doesn’t mind us taking the extreme of being too lax against sin and he also doesn’t mind us being too severe against it either. That word advantage speaks of position. Satan gets a place in our lives and our churches when we fail to forgive those that have sinned against us. We become a judge over others when we think we have the right to punish them as much as we wish. When others have hurt or offended us we need to be quick to forgive and restore. When we fail to do so then Satan gets in a good position to do harm to the offender by kicking them while they are down and he’s in a good position to harden our hearts and create bitterness while we fail to forgive.