Preacher: Alan Cameron
Verses: 2 Corithians 1:12-2:11
“This will hurt me more than it hurts you” said Mom reaching for the wooden spoon. Sounds familiar? Now that corporal punishment has been banished from schools, and increasingly questioned whether appropriate in the home, these words may well become a distant memory. Be that as it may, love by its very nature hurts. There are times when authentic love needs to inflict pain for love’s sake. The boomerang effect impacts both parties.
The unkindest cut of all is the accusation that one simply does not care, that one is indifferent to the plight of others. This was the accusation levelled against Paul. He didn’t really like the Corinthians. He isn’t bothered about them, if he were, he would have visited them as he promised. His nasty letter and cancelled visit simply underscored his disdain for them. They would be better off without him. After all he is wishy-washy, not a proper Apostle you know. He doesn’t have the right papers. His gifts don’t measure up. He’s just a charlatan, a fake. This was the accusation Paul faced from his opponents who had negatively influenced a substantial number of house churches in and around Corinth.