Read thru New Testament Devotional – September 10, 2017

Paul’s explanation for not returning to Corinth (1:1-2:16)-continued
2 Corinthians 2
2 Corinthians 2:1-4-He didn’t want to be unnecessarily harsh with them...directly confrontational. So, he had sent them a letter, instead of coming-continued.

Paul tells them that it burdened him to have to write to them the last time in such a stern manner. He would rather bring them joy than sorrow.
2 Corinthians 2:5-11-Evidently, the person who was causing the problem was disciplined by the church and his purpose of the letter had been successful to some degree (:6). Some wanted a more severe punishment (:7), but Paul said enough had been done and that they should now seek to "reaffirm you love for him" (:8), so that Satan would not have a chance to take advantage of the situation (:11).
2 Corinthians 2:12-13-Paul makes reference to his intention to come there, but that a change in his travel plans had taken place due to an opportunity to share the Gospel. But during this time he worried about how the church would respond to his letter.
2 Corinthians 2:14-17-Paul gives thanks that God always blesses the efforts of those who serve in sincerity of heart. His message is the same whether he is with those who are receptive to the Gospel, or those who are not (:17). It quickly becomes obvious by how someone responds, whether they are receptive, or not. Here again, because people were responsive to Paul’s presentation of the Gospel, we see evidence that Paul’s decision to not immediately travel to Corinth was the right decision.
Prayer: Father, I want to bring joy to people. I want to help them to be full of Your joy. But I recognize that at times I must be a part of the process of Your discipline in people's lives. Help me at those times...to always be seeking to reaffirm those who must be disciplined...so that they will respond positively and not allow Satan to take advantage of the situation.

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