My love for you (2 Cor. 2:4)

“I wrote to 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.”

ἐκ γὰρ πολλῆς θλίψεως καὶ συνοχῆς καρδίας ἔγραψα ὑμῖν διὰ πολλῶν δακρύων, οὐχ ἵνα λυπηθῆτε, ἀλλὰ τὴν ἀγάπην ἵνα γνῶτε ἣν ἔχω περισσοτέρως εἰς ὑμᾶς.

Paul said, “I wrote to you (ἔγραψα ὑμῖν) out of much distress (ἐκ γὰρ πολλῆς θλίψεως) and anguish of heart (καὶ συνοχῆς καρδίας), with many tears (διὰ πολλῶν δακρύων), not to cause you pain (οὐχ ἵνα λυπηθῆτε), but to let you know (ἵνα γνῶτε) the abundant love that I have (ἀλλὰ τὴν ἀγάπην…περισσοτέρως) for you (εἰς ὑμᾶς).”  Paul indicated that he wrote his last letter out of distress and anguish with many tears.  He did not want to cause any pain to them.  However, he wanted them to know how much he really loved them with a Christian love, ἀγάπην.  Paul was reprimanding the Christian Corinthians out of love and not to punish them.  Have you ever admonished someone out of love?

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