What kind of world would it be if each of us focused upon not grieving others and forgiving those who have grieved us? In Paul’s letter, that is the topic of the day. Paul was still considering his visit to the Corinthians and assuring them that they were a critical part of his ministry. He explained that his letter was written for their edification and not their torment.
So many times, we speak to those with thinner skin than we are accustomed to, and they become hurt by our words and thoughts. We then have to spend a lot of time restoring them and encouraging them. Also, we often find in our own vulnerability, that words form others seem more like blows than advice and encouragement.
Paul’s lesson to us is simple, Do not say hurtful things. When you speak the truth IN LOVE, make sure we are truly speaking in Love. And if we are hurt by the words of another, let it go, knowing that people typically do not reach out to hurt us, but to help. It is often difficult to forgive slights, but it is incredibly freeing and will allow you to operate in love to others.
We have to use words like the valuable tools that they are. Do not waste them, do not use them as weapons, and listen carefully so that you will not miss the treasures shared with you.
God Bless You
1 So I made up my mind that I would not make another painful visit to you. 2 For if I grieve you, who is left to make me glad but you whom I have grieved? 3 I wrote as I did, so that when I came I would not be distressed by those who should have made me rejoice. I had confidence in all of you, that you would all share my joy. 4 For I wrote you out of great distress and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to grieve you but to let you know the depth of my love for you.
Forgiveness for the Offender
5 If anyone has caused grief, he has not so much grieved me as he has grieved all of you to some extent—not to put it too severely. 6 The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient. 7 Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. 8 I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him. 9 Another reason I wrote you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything. 10 Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven—if there was anything to forgive—I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, 11 in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.