The Message

2 Corinthians 2

11-2 That’s why I decided not to make another visit that could only be painful to both of us. If by merely showing up I would put you in an embarrassingly painful position, how would you then be free to cheer and refresh me?

3-4 That was my reason for writing a letter instead of coming—so I wouldn’t have to spend a miserable time disappointing the very friends I had looked forward to cheering me up. I was convinced at the time I wrote it that what was best for me was also best for you. As it turned out, there was pain enough just in writing that letter, more tears than ink on the parchment. But I didn’t write it to cause pain; I wrote it so you would know how much I care—oh, more than care—love you!

5-8 Now, regarding the one who started all this—the person in question who caused all this pain—I want you to know that I am not the one injured in this as much as, with a few exceptions, all of you. So I don’t want to come down too hard. What the majority of you agreed to as punishment is punishment enough. Now is the time to forgive this man and help him back on his feet. If all you do is pour on the guilt, you could very well drown him in it. My counsel now is to pour on the love.

9-11 The focus of my letter wasn’t on punishing the offender but on getting you to take responsibility for the health of the church. So if you forgive him, I forgive him. Don’t think I’m carrying around a list of personal grudges. The fact is that I’m joining in with your forgiveness, as Christ is with us, guiding us. After all, we don’t want to unwittingly give Satan an opening for yet more mischief—we’re not oblivious to his sly ways!

An Open Door

12-14 When I arrived in Troas to proclaim the Message of the Messiah, I found the place wide open: God had opened the door; all I had to do was walk through it. But when I didn’t find Titus waiting for me with news of your condition, I couldn’t relax. Worried about you, I left and came on to Macedonia province looking for Titus and a reassuring word on you. And I got it, thank God!

14-16 In the Messiah, in Christ, God leads us from place to place in one perpetual victory parade. Through us, he brings knowledge of Christ. Everywhere we go, people breathe in the exquisite fragrance. Because of Christ, we give off a sweet scent rising to God, which is recognized by those on the way of salvation—an aroma redolent with life. But those on the way to destruction treat us more like the stench from a rotting corpse.

16-17 This is a terrific responsibility. Is anyone competent to take it on? No—but at least we don’t take God’s Word, water it down, and then take it to the streets to sell it cheap. We stand in Christ’s presence when we speak; God looks us in the face. We get what we say straight from God and say it as honestly as we can.

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.