Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him. 2 Corinthians 2:7-8 NIV
The first time I read it I couldn’t understand what he was talking about. It seemed a man was in sin and Paul was saying he has been punished enough. Through further reading it’s made clear that the man repented and was needing forgiveness and acceptance.
Paul’s telling us there is a time to confront, and a time to comfort. Isn’t that way the Holy Spirit works in us? When I sin, it just doesn’t sit right. It may for a time, but the Holy Spirit keeps reminding me of it until I repent and ask for forgiveness. Then I get the freedom of His forgiveness. It feels like a weight has been lifted. If you have never experienced that freedom I urge you to acknowledge your sin, repent, ask for forgiveness, and feel the freedom.
Lord, show me when to confront and when to comfort. Thank You for the way You love us.
Bob Cole, Connection Group Leader