By all this we are encouraged.
In addition to our own encouragement, we were especially delighted to see how happy Titus was, because his spirit has been refreshed by all of you. 14 I had boasted to him about you, and you have not embarrassed me. But just as everything we said to you was true, so our boasting about you to Titus has proved to be true as well. 15 And his affection for you is all the greater when he remembers that you were all obedient, receiving him with fear and trembling. 16 I am glad I can have complete confidence in you.
—2 Corinthians 7:13-16.
Comfort, rejoicing, growing together and reverent obedience to God flow from the repentance. Titus is also refreshed in his spirit because of what God’s grace has done in that church, and how they received him. [The Bible Panorama.]