1But I determined this within myself, #2 Cor. 1:23that I would not come again to you in sorrow. 2For if I make you #2 Cor. 7:8sorrowful, then who is he who makes me glad but the one who is made sorrowful by me?
Forgive the Offender
3And I wrote this very thing to you, lest, when I came, #1 Cor. 4:21; 2 Cor. 12:21I should have sorrow over those from whom I ought to have joy, #2 Cor. 8:22; Gal. 5:10; 2 Thess. 3:4; Philem. 21having confidence in you all that my joy is the joy of you all. 4For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you, with many tears, #(2 Cor. 2:9; 7:8, 12)not that you should be grieved, but that you might know the love which I have so abundantly for you.
5But #(1 Cor. 5:1)if anyone has caused grief, he has not #Gal. 4:12grieved me, but all of you to some extent—not to be too severe. 6This punishment which was inflicted #1 Cor. 5:4, 5; 2 Cor. 7:11; 1 Tim. 5:20by the majority is sufficient for such a man, 7#Gal. 6:1; Eph. 4:32so that, on the contrary, you ought rather to forgive and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one be swallowed up with too much sorrow. 8Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love to him. 9For to this end I also wrote, that I might put you to the test, whether you are #2 Cor. 7:15; 10:6obedient in all things. 10Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ, 11lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.
Triumph in Christ
12Furthermore, #Acts 16:8when I came to Troas to preach Christ’s gospel, and #1 Cor. 16:9a door was opened to me by the Lord, 13#2 Cor. 7:6, 13; 8:6; Gal. 2:1, 3; 2 Tim. 4:10; Titus 1:4I had no rest in my spirit, because I did not find Titus my brother; but taking my leave of them, I departed for Macedonia.
14Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. 15For we are to God the fragrance of Christ #(1 Cor. 1:18)among those who are being saved and #(2 Cor. 4:3)among those who are perishing. 16#Luke 2:34; (John 9:39; 1 Pet. 2:7)To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And #(1 Cor. 15:10)who is sufficient for these things? 17For we are not, as so many, #2 Pet. 2:3peddling the word of God; but as #1 Cor. 5:8; 2 Cor. 1:12; 1 Thess. 2:4; 1 Pet. 4:11of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ.