“Are we good?” That’s sums up Paul’s letter to his friends in Corinth. Pretty difficult to do in a letter. So the letter precedes the personal, face-to-face visit. The appeal for right relationships, keeping communications open, maintaining love, trust, respect, and understanding, is God’s work. Paul summed it up, “We are Christ’s ambassadors.” So keeping relationships clear of the debris of mistrust and miscommunication makes a holy embrace possible. Their reasons to squabble were religious, led by the popularity of some super-apostles. But Paul doesn’t take the bait. He appeals as a father and encouraged the Corinthians to fight the forces of darkness instead of each other. So, this letter ends with a final appeal for peace…and deeper, wider relationships.
“And that’s about it, friends. Be cheerful. Keep things in good repair. Keep your spirits up. Think in harmony. Be agreeable. Do all that, and the God of love and peace will be with you for sure. Greet one another with a holy embrace. All the brothers and sisters here say hello. The amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you.”
2 Corinthians 13:11-14 MSG