As Paul frames his situation in the opening of 2 Corinthians, he is involved in a process of reconciliation with his congregation. Does the rhetorical strategy that he seems to adopt here ring true from your own experience of dealing with difficult situations?
Paul articulates a fundamental theological insight in these chapters: forgiveness and reconciliation is central to overcoming strife and discord. Do you see these principles at work (or opposed) in your own congregation or family?
In a time when political and social strife is rampant, in the world as a whole and in our own nation, what things can Christians do to live by the principle that Paul here celebrates?