For this is why I wrote, that I might test you and know whether you are obedient in everything.
Any one 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,
to keep Satan from gaining the advantage over us; for we are not ignorant of his designs.
When I came to Tro'as to preach the gospel of Christ, a door was opened for me in the Lord;
but my mind could not rest because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I took leave of them and went on to Macedo'nia.
But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumph, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.
For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing,
to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things?
For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God's word; but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.
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