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2 Corinthians 2

Reaffirm Your Love

1But I made up my mind not to grieve you with another painful visit. For if I cause you grief [by a well-deserved rebuke], who then provides me enjoyment but the very one whom I have made sad? And I [a]wrote this same thing to you, so that when I came, I would not be filled with sorrow by those who ought to make me glad, for I trusted in you and felt confident that my joy would be shared by all of you. For I wrote to you out of great distress and with an anguished heart, and with many tears, not to cause you sorrow but to make you realize the [overflowing] love which I have especially for you.

But if [b]someone has caused [all this] sorrow, he has caused it not to me, but in some degree—not to put it too severely—[he has distressed and grieved] all of you. For such a one this punishment by the majority is sufficient, so instead [of further rebuke, now] you should rather [graciously] forgive and comfort and encourage him, to keep him from being overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. Therefore I urge you to reinstate him in your affections and reaffirm your [c]love for him. For this was my purpose in writing, to see if you would stand the test, whether you are obedient and committed to following my instruction in all things. 10 If you forgive anyone anything, I too forgive [that one]; and what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sake in the presence of [and with the approval of] Christ, 11 to keep Satan from taking advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his schemes.

12 Now when I arrived at Troas to preach the good news of Christ, even though a door [of opportunity] opened for me in the Lord, 13 my spirit could not rest because I did not find my brother Titus there; so saying goodbye to them, I left for Macedonia.

14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us spreads and makes evident everywhere the sweet fragrance of the knowledge of Him. 15 For we are the sweet fragrance of Christ [which ascends] to God, [discernible both] among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; 16 to the latter one an aroma from death to death [a fatal, offensive odor], but to the other an aroma from life to life [a vital fragrance, living and fresh]. And who is adequate and sufficiently qualified for these things? 17 For we are not like many, [acting like merchants] peddling God’s word [shortchanging and adulterating God’s message]; but from pure [uncompromised] motives, as [commissioned and sent] from God, we speak [His message] in Christ in the sight of God.

Notas al pie

  1. 2 Corinthians 2:3 Many scholars believe the contents of the communication to which Paul refers in this verse are implied within vv 5-11, and again in 7:5-12.
  2. 2 Corinthians 2:5 The incident and offender to which Paul is referring is unclear, but it may have involved some affront or challenge to Paul’s position or authority during his visit to Corinth.
  3. 2 Corinthians 2:8 The key to understanding this and other statements about love is to know that this love (the Greek word agape) is not so much a matter of emotion as it is of doing things for the benefit of another person, that is, having an unselfish concern for another and a willingness to seek the best for other believers.

Nueva Biblia al Día

2 Corintios 2

1En efecto, decidí no hacerles otra visita que les causara tristeza. Porque si yo los entristezco, ¿quién me brindará alegría sino aquel a quien yo haya entristecido? Les escribí como lo hice para que, al llegar yo, los que debían alegrarme no me causaran tristeza. Estaba confiado de que todos ustedes harían suya mi alegría. Les escribí con gran tristeza y angustia de corazón, y con muchas lágrimas, no para entristecerlos sino para darles a conocer la profundidad del amor que les tengo.

Perdón para el pecador

Si alguno ha causado tristeza, no me la ha causado sólo a mí; hasta cierto punto —y lo digo para no exagerar— se la ha causado a todos ustedes. Para él es suficiente el castigo que le impuso la mayoría. Más bien debieran perdonarlo y consolarlo para que no sea consumido por la excesiva tristeza. Por eso les ruego que reafirmen su amor hacia él. Con este propósito les escribí: para ver si pasan la prueba de la completa obediencia. 10 A quien ustedes perdonen, yo también lo perdono. De hecho, si había algo que perdonar, lo he perdonado por consideración a ustedes en presencia de Cristo, 11 para que Satanás no se aproveche de nosotros, pues no ignoramos sus artimañas.

Ministros del nuevo pacto

12 Ahora bien, cuando llegué a Troas para predicar el *evangelio de Cristo, descubrí que el Señor me había abierto las puertas. 13 Aun así, me sentí intranquilo por no haber encontrado allí a mi hermano Tito, por lo cual me despedí de ellos y me fui a Macedonia.

14 Sin embargo, gracias a Dios que en Cristo siempre nos lleva triunfantes[a] y, por medio de nosotros, esparce por todas partes la fragancia de su conocimiento. 15 Porque para Dios nosotros somos el aroma de Cristo entre los que se salvan y entre los que se pierden. 16 Para éstos somos olor de muerte que los lleva a la muerte; para aquéllos, olor de vida que los lleva a la vida. ¿Y quién es competente para semejante tarea? 17 A diferencia de muchos, nosotros no somos de los que trafican con la palabra de Dios. Más bien, hablamos con sinceridad delante de él en Cristo, como enviados de Dios que somos.

Notas al pie

  1. 2 Corintios 2:14 nos lleva triunfantes. Alt. nos conduce en desfile victorioso.