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Make room for us in your hearts;  we have wronged no onewe have ruined no onewe have exploited no one. I do not say this to condemn you, for I told you before that you are in our hearts so that we die together and live together with you. 2 Corinthians 7:2-3 

Image result for image of discipline of loveIt’s easy to forget that the church at Corinth was a troubled and young church. Paul wrote letters to them to address the various problems in the church, some of which were quite severe. The Corinthians were stiff-necked. They thought their church was doing well and they had expected Paul to praise them, not write to them in a strict manner.

Paul knew that the church members would discuss why he’d written such a letter. They’d have various explanations. Some of them probably complained about it. One popular idea was that Paul wanted to control their church. Probably many of the Corinthian Christians thought Paul no longer loved them. Like children sternly disciplined by a beloved parent, they might have felt bereft. It was hard to be a Christian in such an evil city as ancient Corinth was. Those Christians needed mature leaders like Paul to be tough with them when needed.

Knowing this, Paul mixed his rebukes with expressions of love and reminders of what he was about, as he does here. When he’d been in Corinth, he’d taught God’s message without trying to control anyone or use anyone for his advantage. The Corinthians knew that because they’d been there.

He wasn’t trying to accuse them. He wanted them to remember his love for them and to know, despite his absence of a few years, his love had not changed. He wrote those letters because he loved them and wanted them to sort out their problems for their own goods. Paul was trying to teach them how to serve God better.

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