II Corinthians 13:6-14

“Your restoration is what we pray for” (v9). Paul’s goal in confronting the Corinthians was clear: he wanted them to repent of their sins and be completely restored to fellowship with Jesus and one another. That process started with the truth, calling witnesses so that accusations would not be based on rumor (v1). “For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth” (v8). Paul hoped that his letter would inspire conviction and change, so that his visit could be about “building up” and not correction (v10).

“Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace” (v11). Our love for one another doesn’t gloss over sin, but instead pursues truth, forgiveness, and restoration.