On Sunday we looked at 2 Corinthians 2:5-11. In these verses Paul writes how he has forgiven an individual in the church who sinned against him (and the Corinthians). The Corinthian church disciplined this man, but now Paul wants them to forgive him, comfort him, and show him love. Paul both models forgiveness and encourages the Corinthians to follow his lead.
As we studied these verses, we saw that Paul pointed out two dangers of failing to forgive others who sin against us:
1. The Danger of Despair.
In verses 5-10 Paul pleads with the Corinthians to forgive this man so that he is not overwhelmed by his sorrow. Paul is concerned that this man could be driven to despair over his sin if the Corinthians do not forgive him. He could be driven away from God’s grace if the Corinthians do not encourage him. When we forgive others we help to guard their hearts from falling into despair over their sin.
2. The Danger of the Devil.
In verse 11 Paul tells the Corinthians that failing to forgive is a way of being ignorant of the schemes of Satan. Our enemy will use our unwillingness to forgive to stir up disunity in the church, and to undermine the forgiveness that we preach in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As we forgive others, we fight against Satan and his scheming ways for God’s glory!
Here are some discussion questions from Sunday’s sermon: 2 Cor. 2.5-11 Notes.
-Pastor Nathan Hogan