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I wrote you that letter because I wanted to find out how well you had stood the test and whether you are always ready to obey my instructions.

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I wrote for this reason: to test you and to know whether you are obedient in everything.

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The reason I wrote you was to see if you would pass the test, to see if you would fully obey me.

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9-11 The focus of my letter wasn’t on punishing the offender but on getting you to take responsibility for the health of the church. So if you forgive him, I forgive him. Don’t think I’m carrying around a list of personal grudges. The fact is that I’m joining in with your forgiveness, as Christ is with us, guiding us. After all, we don’t want to unwittingly give Satan an opening for yet more mischief—we’re not oblivious to his sly ways!

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