2 Corinthians 2:10-11: Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ, lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.
When we forgive someone who has offended us, it is for OUR sake: for our own benefit. If we do not forgive, we give the enemy a foothold, and a legal right to operate in our bodies and in our lives. Unforgiveness is one of Satan’s oldest tricks, and we must not be ignorant of his devices.
Forgive others: not only for their sake, but also for your own.
Matthew 6:14-15: For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
-by Pastor Mike White