- Commentary: 2 CORINTHIANS 2 – COMMENTARY
Bible Text: 2 Corinthians 2:5-11 (ESV)
5 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. 6 For such a one, this punishment by the majority is enough, 7 so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. 8 So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him. 9 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.
Reflection & Application
2 Corinthians 2:5-11
- How should “punishment” by the church be balanced with the need to “forgive and comfort” and “reaffirm love” toward a person who has sinned publicly?
- What does Apostle Paul tell the Corinthians to do so that Satan would not outwit them? What “designs” (or schemes) of Satan would be thwarted by our forgiveness of a repentant brother?
- Is there someone I need to forgive today? Is there someone I need to “affirm [my] love for”?
 David Guzik, Bible Commentary, online