Everyone has a story. Sometimes painful memories cause tears to well up. Will the hurt go away? To avoid causing pain, I understand why Paul would rather stay away. Sometimes I wonder how God feels about a broken friendship. He longs to restore. He’s already paid the ultimate price. But if it causes you pain for him to show up in your life, he chooses to wait until you’re ready.

“That was my reason for writing a letter instead of coming—so I wouldn’t have to spend a miserable time disappointing the very friends I had looked forward to cheering me up. I was convinced at the time I wrote it that what was best for me was also best for you. As it turned out, there was pain enough just in writing that letter, more tears than ink on the parchment. But I didn’t write it to cause pain; I wrote it so you would know how much I care—oh, more than care— love you!”

‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭2:3-4‬ ‭MSG‬‬

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