Paul’s Joy

But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, 7 and not only by his coming but also by the comfort you had given him. He told us about your longing for me, your deep sorrow, your ardent concern for me, so that my joy was greater than ever.

8 Even if I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it. Though I did regret it—I see that my letter hurt you, but only for a little while— 9 yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. —2 Corinthians 7:6-9.

Paul rejoices that the hurtful things he had to say have brought them to repentance. God used the coming of Titus to Paul as an encouragement at that time. His arrival with good news of the offender’s repentance, and the church’s zeal for Paul, comforted him.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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