6The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient. 7Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. 8I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him. 9Another reason I wrote you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything. 10Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven—if there was anything to forgive—I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, 11in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.
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12Now when I went to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ and found that the Lord had opened a door for me, 13I still had no peace of mind, because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I said goodbye to them and went on to Macedonia.
14But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. 15For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 16To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task?

During Schweitzer’s membership class, participants turn to each other and talk about how they came to faith and their personal relationship with God. One young man shared specifically how he knew the Father, Son and Holy Spirit were active in his life and it was because of following the Spirit he found himself in Missouri. He went on to speak with humility and conviction about how God had orchestrated all the steps that led him here. He continued his remarks by saying: “When you allow yourself to be challenged to put yourself out there and make yourself fully available to God, the Holy Spirit will actually show up and do everything if you let Him.” He concluded by challenging us to get uncomfortable. I am grateful this young man chose to live out his discipleship through our faith community. Through his witness, the words of Scripture come to mind: “we speak of these things in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit.” Are you willing to follow the Spirit, even when it makes you uncomfortable?

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