Re:Verse reading–2 Corinthians 1:12-24, 2:1-11 (day one)
Paul and the Corinthians did not have an easy marriage. If “it don’t come easy, should you let it go” (Tanya Tucker)? “No”, said Paul. Some relationships are worth the hard work required. In much tension and many hard conversations, they had all learned some valuable lessons.
We need each other in eternity. In “the day of our Lord Jesus”, says v 14, one reason for confidence will be the people who came with us. Life is a team sport. Part of God’s evaluation for each of us will be “How did your team do?”
We need each other now. In 2:2 Paul admits his dependency. “If I cause you sorrow, who then makes me glad?” We live (all Christians and pastors and people) in symbiotic relationship. Happy pastors make happy churches. Happy churches make happy pastors. See Hebrews 13:17
Those who do church best have learned a deep, important lesson. We are in this together.