2 Cor 2:1-7

For I made up my mind not to make another painful visit to you. For if I cause you pain, who is there to make me glad but the one whom I have pained? And I wrote as I did, so that when I came I might not suffer pain from those who should have made me rejoice, for I felt sure of all of you, that my joy would be the joy of you all. For I wrote to you out of much affliction and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to cause you pain but to let you know the abundant love that I have for you. Now if anyone has caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but in some measure—not to put it too severely—to all of you. For such a one, this punishment by the majority is enough, so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.

One response to “2 Cor 2:1-7

  1. Paul corrects because he loves. He chastens because he loves. He knows his correction stings and affects relationships. He is very honest about the need for their companionship and not wanting to disrupt his visit.

    I have to remember that my comfort and happiness can’t come before my duty to others. I don’t have to judge or be mean, but I can’t tolerate sin or wrong doctrine. God deposits wisdom and maturity so that He can use us to prune others and that is not an easy job to undertake.

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