Daily Devotional Saturday 11th March 2023

by William Moody

2 Corinthians 2

2:1 For I made up my mind not to make another painful visit to you. For if I cause you pain, who is there to make me glad but the one whom I have pained? And I wrote as I did, so that when I came I might not suffer pain from those who should have made me rejoice, for I felt sure of all of you, that my joy would be the joy of you all. For I wrote to you out of much affliction and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to cause you pain but to let you know the abundant love that I have for you.

Forgive the Sinner

Now if anyone has caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but in some measure—not to put it too severely—to all of you. For such a one, this punishment by the majority is enough, so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him. For this is why I wrote, that I might test you and know whether you are obedient in everything. 10 Anyone whom you forgive, I also forgive. Indeed, what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sake in the presence of Christ, 11 so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.

Triumph in Christ

12 When I came to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ, even though a door was opened for me in the Lord, 13 my spirit was not at rest because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I took leave of them and went on to Macedonia.

14 But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. 15 For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, 16 to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? 17 For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.


The church can be a place of hurt. Sometimes it is caused very unintentionally and others times it can be caused by clear sin.

There was someone in the Corinthian church whose sinful actions had caused considerable hurt. It appears the person had been excluded from the fellowship for a period of time to correct him (v6). Paul teaches that that proper strong action now needs to be followed by gentle forgiving actions so that the person can be restored (v7-8).

It is always a great challenge in our dealing both in our homes and in our church, as to when we need to be particularly strong with people and their sin, and when we need to be particularly gentle and forgiving.

Paul speaks about how as believers we should have the aroma of Christ (v15-16). For some this will be very attractive and pleasing but for others it will be very unpleasant as it confronts them with their sin, guilt and judgment.

Our prayer should always be that in our lives people see more and more of Christ, and less and less of our old sinful person.

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