Lent is now behind us for another year. We suspended our Bible study of Corinthian correspondence for a few weeks in order to look at Terry Hershey’s book, Sacred Necessities. Now it’s time to take up 2 Corinthians. We will see evidence of the bitter factions, divisive teaching, and hurt feelings that characterize the church in Corinth. (In that regard, I think it’s something we all can relate to!)
One of the charges laid against the apostle Paul is that he was “vacillating” by delaying his return visit to them (1:17). It’s claimed that he has been waffling in his decision making. At some point in the interim, he issued a harsh letter to the church. Still, Paul insists that he has always had their best interests at heart. Returning too soon would have done more damage than good. Considering the situation there, he’s probably right.
Still, in our world of email, instant messaging, social networking—not to mention the spoken word—it’s all the more important to consider what impact our words will have before we unleash them.