2 Corinthians 2:1

But I determined this within myself, that I would not come again to you in sorrow.

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“The believers in Corinth are exhausting Paul and one another with their negativity and criticism.(The Voice)” vs If my visits create such pain and sorrow for you, who can cheer me up except for those I’ve caused such grief? (The voice)

The body of Christ to strive for unity and not division. Disagreements arising should be handled in a loving manner. I love how the voice translation puts it : “”But Paul’s ministry proves the first-century churches were no different. They were just as full of fights, tensions, and power plays as modern churches are. We should seek to be loving but also firm when the situation demands it. We should be quick to offer forgiveness to and seek reconciliation with those who turn back from their divisive actions. That’s what Paul did.””

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