2 Corinthians 7

Read 2 Corinthians 7.

What’s love got to do with it? It’s complicated. That much is clear from 2 Corinthians 7–love is complicated. Here Paul urges the Corinthians to make room in their hearts for him, confessing both the joy and the anguish that comes from his concern for them. Love is complicated. Paul doesn’t regret that his letter grieved them, except he did regret it, just not that much because they weren’t grieved for all that long. It’s complicated. Titus was refreshed and Paul rejoiced because of his visit with the Corinthians. Love is complicated–joy, anguish, regret, comfort. Or as it’s said elsewhere, “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” To say that love is at the core of who we are in Christ is simple enough, but living that out in relationship and community is anything but simple. What Paul’s words to the Corinthians model for us is an unwavering commitment to choose love even when life gets complicated and messy. Love doesn’t avoid the mess. Love keeps showing up. None of us know what next year will bring, but what we can decide now is what the words of Paul model for us–that we’ll pursue love through whatever comes.

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