Paul and the Corinthians are experiencing tension in their relationship. Some do not respect Paul and prefer others like Peter or Apollos. Some have started following what Paul sarcastically refers to as the “super apostles.” Some seemed to be upset that Paul was writing a letter rather than coming to visit.
Paul explains that he chose not to visit them at that time to avoid causing more pain like during the last visit which did not go well. Instead, he wrote them a letter to express his concerns.
He urges the Corinthians to forgive and comfort a person who had caused distress in the community, so that they do not become overwhelmed by sorrow. Perhaps he is referring to the man who was sleeping with his step mom who he mentioned in 1 Corinthians 5. It sounds like the man realized the error of his ways. Paul emphasizes that forgiveness and reconciliation are essential to maintaining unity and love among believers.
The apostle also talks about his ministry and the joy he experiences in spreading the teachings of Christ. He reveals how he finds comfort and encouragement in the faith and commitment of fellow believers. Paul concludes by encouraging the Corinthians to forgive, love, and support each other, so that they can live in harmony and reflect the love of Jesus to the world.
Some will follow Jesus because of how they live their life and how they share their faith. Some will reject Jesus and reject them.
We cannot control how others respond to us. We need to be true to what God calls us to do. We can only control what we do and how we respond to others.
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