This area of the Bible expresses how Paul handled the offence among some brethren. He encouraged that a wrongdoer should not be overly punished but in due time should be forgiven, comforted and be loved again so the devil does not gain access into the situation.
He thanked God for always causing us to triumph in Christ and for using us to manifest His knowledge everywhere. We, believers, give life to people who are in need of it and to those who already have it but could have more.
In relating to our fellow brethren, there will always be offences but we must have the capacity to handle them so they don’t degenerate into destroying the works of God in the life of the brethren. We must not give the devil room to capitalise on those offences. Forgiveness and love must prevail.
We are agents of light and the power to make positive impact resides in us. So we need to go everywhere and affect and influence the world for Jesus.
Lord, let your Spirit help me to handle situations so they bring glory to you. Help me to shine your light everywhere I go.
Reading – 2 Corinthians 2
2 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.
Ministers of the New Covenant
12 Now when I went to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ and found that the Lord had opened a door for me, 13 I still had no peace of mind, because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I said goodbye to them and went on to Macedonia.
14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. 15 For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task? 17 Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God.