11 See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter. 12 So even though I wrote to you, it was neither on account of the one who did the wrong nor on account of the injured party, but rather that before God you could see for yourselves how devoted to us you are. 13 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 7:11-16
Much has been written in both the Old and New Testaments in relation to encouraging one another. It’s tough out there! Through the curve balls of life, the unexpected surprises, and the state of world affairs, life can be extremely difficult. Without encouragement we would never make it.
Paul knew this. Others refreshed Titus’ spirit. That’s encouragement plain and simple. Verse 13 said that Paul himself was encouraged. It’s the type of encouragement we all could use.
Encouragement comes in a variety of ways and settings. It can come in a compliment, a slight praise, a quick letter dropped in the mail box, a short text telling someone you’re praying for them, an unexpected phone call, or any number of ways. Think of the last time you were genuinely encouraged. What did it make you feel like.
As the Scriptures say, “Go and do likewise.”