Read 2 Corinthians 2:7 Using Other Translations
So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.
so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.
Now, however, it is time to forgive and comfort him. Otherwise he may be overcome by discouragement.