devotional post # 2154
2 Corinthians 2:5-7
2Co 2:5 But if someone has brought sorrow, he has brought it not to me, but to some extent — not to be too dramatic– to all of you.
2Co 2:6 For such a one, this punishment by the majority has lasted long enough,
2Co 2:7 so you should turn to forgive and comfort him instead, or else he may become overwhelmed by too much sorrow.
time to forgive
In his previous letter to the Corinthians, he had instructed one of the congregations to sanction one of their members because of a blatant sin. It appears that they have done that, and now there is some question as to whether they are willing to return that member to good standing. That is always a tricky subject, because we do not want to be associated with our past mistakes. Paul’s instruction in this case was that it was now time to forgive and restore. Failure to forgive can be just as disastrous for a church as failure to confront.
LORD, give us the courage to confront sin in our ranks, and the wisdom to know when it is time to forgive and put it past us.