Those in the Corinthian church did not understand or accept that what Paul was doing was for the purpose of and would have in fact established their joy. They were more interested in getting the building account funded and the proper balance of monies for the women’s and men’s ministries in the budget. They were also concerned that Paul was not visiting them in the hospital when they were sick, and that he was not available to come to their dinners. They also did not think that his messages were all that entertaining or weighty.
Unlike most pastors, Paul took this head on. Of course he was an apostle, guided and inspired by the Holy Spirit. All of the pastors with whom I have discussed this experience the same things Paul experienced with the Corinthians. I wonder what we as congregants should do about that?