But if anyone has caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but to some extent—not to exaggerate it—to all of you.
This punishment by the majority is enough for such a person;
so now instead you should forgive and console him, so that he may not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.
So I urge you to reaffirm your love for him.
I wrote for this reason: to test you and to know whether you are obedient in everything.
Anyone whom you forgive, I also forgive. What I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sake in the presence of Christ.
And we do this so that we may not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.