devotional post # 2185
2Co 7:14 Since whatever confident assertions I made to him about you, I was not ashamed to have made them. But just like everything we said to you was true, so also our confident assertions before Titus has proved true.
2Co 7:15 And his endearment for you is even greater, because he remembers the obedience of you all, how you received him with fear and trembling.
2Co 7:16 I am rejoicing, because I have confidence in you about everything.
forgetting the hurt
Paul went through some dark days as he struggled with the churches at Corinth. They had stubbornly refused to admit their complicity in the sin of one of their members. But repentance finally happened, and reconciliation did too. Now, Paul appears to have forgotten the hurt. He had confidence in the churches again — about everything. That is the hardest part about reconciliation — learning to forget the hurt and trust people again.
LORD, give us the faith in the Holy Spirit necessary to forgive and forget, and stay true to your gospel and your church.