Paul: An Example of Pastoral Care
Paul wrote his second letter to the Corinthians with a couple of purposes in mind, namely,
- to express his great relief that the Corinthians responded positively to his first “severe letter” that Titus had delivered (2:9-14; 7:5-16); and
- to encourage the Corinthians to complete the collection they promised to take for believers at Jerusalem before his next visit (8:6-11; 9:3-5).
In essence, Paul had one overriding aim: to pave the way for his planned third visit so that it would be free of embarrassment and trouble. Although not considered a part of the “pastoral epistles,” this letter provides insights to Paul, as he provided pastoral care to a community of believers facing various Challenges.