I am not overstating it when I say that the man who caused all the trouble hurt your entire church more than he hurt me.
He was punished enough when most of you were united in your judgment against him.
Now it is time to forgive him and comfort him. Otherwise he may become so discouraged that he won't be able to recover.
Now show him that you still love him.
I wrote to you as I did to find out how far you would go in obeying me.
When you forgive this man, I forgive him, too. And when I forgive him (for whatever is to be forgiven), I do so with Christ's authority for your benefit,
so that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are very familiar with his evil schemes.