2 Corinthians 7-8
Paul’s motivation for the Corinthian church is that they would grow in their holiness. This is why he wrote his first letter, which grieved them. But, it had its desired result of leading them to repentance and greater diligence in the faith. He then encourages them to take that same diligence and put it toward the collection they are raising to help other churches.
Paul’s words to the Corinthians were harsh, but necessary. Sometimes we have to say hard and difficult things to others, not because we hate them, but because we love them. We have to share the truth in love so that it leads them to repentance and greater faith.
Have you ever had anyone share a hard word with you that led to repentance?