The apostle Paul had a great love for the Corinthian brethren, and in the spirit of Christ he wrote to them hoping that they would correct the spiritual problems that they had. Toward the end of the second letter he expresses some of the deep concerns that he had on their behalf. He was hoping to come and see them for the third time, but he was well aware that it could be a very disappointing visit. He said, "For I am afraid that perhaps when I come I may find you to be not what I wish and may be found by you to be not what you wish; that perhaps there may be strife, jealousy, angry tempers, disputes, slanders, gossip, arrogance, disturbances; I am afraid that when I come again my God may humiliate me before you, and I may mourn over many of those who have sinned in the past and not repented of the impurity, immorality and sensuality which they have practiced" (II Corinthians 12:20-21).
You can tell by reading this, what was really important to Paul. Spiritual people want the spiritual best for others. If he didn't love them it wouldn't matter, but because he loved them, it mattered immensely. It terrified Paul that these Christians might still be spiritual infants. That somehow they would be seeking fleshly pleasures instead of purity in Christ.
In this statement we can see the continued need for self-examination, for conviction by the word, and repentance, among God's people. Sin, even what we call little sins, left unchecked, is a scary thing.
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