But I decided this for my own sake, that I would not come to you in sorrow again.
For if I cause you sorrow, who then will be
the one making me glad but the one who is made sorrowful by me?
This is the very thing I wrote you, so that when I came, I would not have sorrow from those who ought to make me rejoice; having confidence in you all that my joy was the joy
of you all.
For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you with many tears; not so that you would be made sorrowful, but that you might know the love which I have especially for you.
But if anyone has caused sorrow, he has caused sorrow not for me, but in some degree—not to say too much—for all of you.
Sufficient for such a person is this punishment which was imposed
by the majority,
so that on the other hand, you should rather forgive and comfort him,
otherwise such a person might be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.
Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your
love for him.
For to this end I also wrote, so that I might put you to the test, whether you are obedient in all things.
But one whom you forgive anything, I also forgive;
for indeed what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, I did so
for your sakes in the presence of Christ,