“For out of great distress and anguish of heart I wrote to you with many tears, not to make you sad, but to let you know the love that I have especially for you.”
2 Corinthians 2.4
Motives were misread and maligned. Paul insisted on making them clear. He did not give up. He was committed to engaging the Corinthians to make his reasons clear.
Distress is not a reason for inaction or for surrender. Does it motivate me to make new attempts to show love?