The Postponement of Paul's Visit
12Indeed, this is our boast, the testimony of our conscience: we have behaved in the world with frankness and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God—and all the more toward you.13For we write you nothing other than what you can read and also understand; I hope you will understand until the end—14as you have already understood us in part—that on the day of the Lord Jesus we are your boast even as you are our boast.15Since I was sure of this, I wanted to come to you first, so that you might have a double favor;16I wanted to visit you on my way to Macedonia, and to come back to you from Macedonia and have you send me on to Judea.17Was I vacillating when I wanted to do this? Do I make my plans according to ordinary human standards, ready to say “Yes, yes” and “No, no” at the same time?18As surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been “Yes and No.”19For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not “Yes and No”; but in him it is always “Yes.”20For in him every one of God's promises is a “Yes.” For this reason it is through him that we say the “Amen,” to the glory of God.21But it is God who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us,22by putting his seal on us and giving us his Spirit in our hearts as a first installment.23But I call on God as witness against me: it was to spare you that I did not come again to Corinth.24I do not mean to imply that we lord it over your faith; rather, we are workers with you for your joy, because you stand firm in the faith.Chapter 21So I made up my mind not to make you another painful visit.2For if I cause you pain, who is there to make me glad but the one whom I have pained?3And 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 am confident about all of you, that my joy would be the joy of all of you.4For I wrote you out of much distress 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.Forgiveness for the Offender
5But if anyone has caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but to some extent—not to exaggerate it—to all of you.6This punishment by the majority is enough for such a person;7so now instead you should forgive and console him, so that he may not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.8So I urge you to reaffirm your love for him.9I wrote for this reason: to test you and to know whether you are obedient in everything.10Anyone whom you forgive, I also forgive. What I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sake in the presence of Christ.11And we do this so that we may not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.Paul's Anxiety in Troas
12When I came to Troas to proclaim the good news of Christ, a door was opened for me in the Lord;13but my mind could not rest because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I said farewell to them and went on to Macedonia.