[Paul says] “So how does it happen that the more I love you, the less I’m loved?” 2 Corinthians 12:15
Parents adopt children to give them a loving home. However, in some cases, in return they experience years of heartache from disobedience, disrespect, hatred, and the attitude, “I’ll show you who is in control.”
To Paul, the Corinthians were like adopted children. He took on the challenge of being their pastor, teacher, and friend, and when he was out of their sight, they reverted to their pre-Christian bad behavior.
The second letter to the Corinthians shows a distraught apostle. But instead of throwing up his arms and saying, “I quit,” he wrote of his love and hope for them. He learned how to love from God, our Father, who adopted all of us in our baptism.
Thank you, God, for parents, teachers, preachers, and friends who do not give up on us. Amen.