A reflection on 2 Corinthians 2:5-13

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. For such a one, this punishment by the majority is enough, so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. (2 Corinthians 2:5-7)

Lent is a time for making things right. A time for deep personal reflection on who we are as God’s children. Part of this is to seek to heal broken relationships, because to feel hatred or vengeance is not healthy.

Jesus taught us to love our neighbours and our enemies. Jesus calls us to act differently than the world would have us act. We are in the world, but we are not of the world (to borrow the famous saying).

A simple reminder from the passage above, the world condemns, and can do so brutally at times, but God is forgiving. God is fully of mercy, grace and love. So we too should strive to be.