Paul's decision to not visit the Corinthians was made in great pain and anguish. Today we see Paul explain in greater detail why, in order to not cause them any additional pain, that he didn't visit as expected. He also encourages forgiveness to the one who seems to have caused this painful situation.
As we continue on in our study of 2 Corinthians, it appears that those who would undermine Paul are saying that he is inconsistent, saying one thing but doing another. They also question his ministry and teaching. In the second half of chapter one, Paul begins defending his ministry and his decisions.