2 Corinthians 2:7

7 so now you should forgive and comfort him instead; otherwise, this one may be overwhelmed by excessive grief.

2 Corinthians 2:7 Meaning and Commentary

2 Corinthians 2:7

So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him
On the other hand, so far the apostle suggests they should be from inflicting any other punishment on him, or by any means adding to, and increasing what was inflicted, that they ought to forgive him his offence, by taking off the censure from him, which had been sufficient for the purpose, and had continued on him a sufficient time:

and comfort him;
by restoring him to the communion of the church, and to an enjoyment of all the privileges and ordinances of the house of God: and this was necessary to be done,

lest perhaps such an one should be swallowed up with over much
sorrow:
be overwhelmed with trouble, engulfed in despair, and so become unfit for the exercise of grace, and discharge of duty; to prevent therefore such dangerous and pernicious consequences, it is incumbent on the churches of Christ, as soon as ever they observe that censures have answered the end in bringing persons to a sense and acknowledgment of sin and amendment of life, to remove them, and restore such to fellowship.

2 Corinthians 2:7 In-Context

5 If anyone has caused pain, he has not caused pain to me, but in some degree-not to exaggerate-to all of you.
6 The punishment by the majority is sufficient for such a person,
7 so now you should forgive and comfort him instead; otherwise, this one may be overwhelmed by excessive grief.
8 Therefore I urge you to confirm your love to him.
9 It was for this purpose I wrote: so I may know your proven character, if you are obedient in everything.