2Co 7:13-16 “Therefore we were comforted in your comfort: yea, and exceedingly the more joyed we for the joy of Titus, because his spirit was refreshed by you all. For if I have boasted any thing to him of you, I am not ashamed; but as we spake all things to you in truth, even so our boasting, which I made before Titus, is found a truth. And his inward affection is more abundant toward you, whilst he remembereth the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling ye received him. I rejoice therefore that I have confidence in you in all things.”
In earlier verses of this chapter, Paul has told the brethren how his actions and instructions to them had been to demonstrate his care and love for them. He has expressed his joy in their repentance and obedience to God. He seems especially thankful for the report that has come to him through Titus (2 Corinthians 7:6-7).
The love and obedience of the saints had a direct impact on Paul and his companions. Paul says they were “comforted.” The meaning of the word translated here as comforted is to call near or invite. They were comforted in the “comfort” of the brothers and sisters. The word translated here as comfort means to implore or console.
When we show kindness to those around us (giving consolation), it is an invitation to our hearts to draw near. It is a great kindness to minister the love and truth of Jesus to those whose hearts God has prepared to receive it. Even if it is a rebuke, when done with the love and truth of Jesus it is still kind. This will His people together and will encourage the downcast.
Titus was apparently in a low estate for some reason. Paul and his companions were made to have an abundance of joy at seeing Titus after he had been at Corinth. The reason was because Titus’ spirit was refreshed (rested, eased). It is wonderful that we not only share each other’s burdens but also each other’s joys. God has granted us a great blessing in being one body in Jesus Christ.
It is evident that Paul spoke well of the church at Corinth to Titus. Even though there were some issues that had to be addressed, they were zealous to do the things of God. They were humbled by the truth of God’s word that Paul had imparted unto them. Their godly sorrow had brought them to a place of joy and spirituality.
Titus’ testimony of how he was received and refreshed by the brethren was confirmation to Paul that he had spoken correctly concerning them. Even today, we love to tell people when we have been blessed to minister to, and be a part of, a loving and faithful group of God’s people. We rejoice greatly when others have gone and come back filled with joy and rest because these saints have validated our boasting of them in the Lord.
It is also a privilege to encourage the church from time to time by sharing the joy that others have found among them. As the church, we are encouraged when we receive a report that a brother or sister found us to be filled with the love and spirit of Jesus. There is great joy in an abundance of inward affection (deep and unfeigned love) for the church.
May we, by God’s grace, rejoice in the confidence we have in His children who labor in all things to please Him!