Today’s Reading | 2 Corinthians 2
Response to Repentance
To understand this chapter, you need to remember the instructions Paul gave to the Corinthians concerning the man who was living in sin in 1 Corinthians 5. You may want to go back and read that passage again. Understanding the context will enable you to more fully understand the message of today’s text. When the church received the instructions from Paul in chapter five of 1 Corinthians, they followed them. Because they did, the man who was in sin repented. The problem now was that when he did they would not forgive him. Paul gave instructions on what to do after a person repented of their sin. First, the church was supposed to forgive them (2:7). After forgiving them, they needed to comfort them (2:7). True repentance is followed by godly sorrow for sin and sometimes that sorrow is overwhelming. Finally, the church was to reaffirm their love to to the forgiven person (2:8). Those who do not respond to a repentant sinner in this way are themselves committing sin. Circle the words “forgive,” “comfort,” and “reaffirm,” to remind yourself of how you need to respond to those seeking forgiveness. Could there be someone in your life who has sinned and repented, but has not been forgiven, comforted or reaffirmed by you?
How do you communicate forgiveness to someone?
How can you comfort someone whom you have forgiven?
How can you reaffirm your love to someone you have forgiven?
What will you commit to today based on this passage?