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2 Corinthians 7:2-12, Paul Apologizes

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For even if I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it (though I did regret it, for I see that I grieved you with that letter, though only briefly).
— 2 Corinthians 7:8

RCL Daily Devotion for Tuesday, January 29, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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So, Paul goofed. He had a fiery personality, and in one letter he managed to offend his readers. Like any good spin doctor, Paul managed to apologize without really apologizing. It was, after all, a mistake that led to the repentance of those believers, so really, it was not a mistake at all!

Do you know those people? The ones who can turn an apology into another deep cut? It’s hard to condemn them in light of Paul’s letter because we see Paul as such a pillar of the faith. But he was fallible, as any human is. An apology ought simply to be an apology (in my humble opinion), and not turned into another opportunity to lash out or hurt. Who deserves an apology from you? Are you able to give it without using it to hurt them more?

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