Focus Scripture – 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 (NKJV)
Letter writing was common among the founders of the early church. The letters often revealed much about the writers as thinkers and as people, sometimes revealing their deepest feelings, hopes, and dreams as well as their motives for doing certain things. The letters articulated many important theological insights. This is probably the case with Paul’s second letter to the Church in Corinth.
The insights and information Paul provided in this letters influenced the entire community that was struggling with questions regarding how to live in harmony with each and how to stay the course in a city that was enticing them away from the teachings of Christ. Not only that; I believe Paul’s letter was written to comfort the people and mentor the budding Corinthian Church in the ways of grace and peace.
Perhaps the appeal of Paul’s letters is that they had a powerful emotional impact on the readers because they were written with sincerity that emanated from that deep, often spiritual, place in Paul’s soul and psyche, I would imagine. In other words, he probably poured it all out on behalf of the people he once persecuted because he had experienced a profound change in perspective along with a radical change of heart. You remember what happened on the road to Damascus. Once Jesus changed him, Paul developed a love for his protégés – that deep agape love with which Christ had loved him. And, as Paul has said elsewhere, love is the more excellent way.