So even though I wrote to you,1 it was not on account of the one who did the wrong2 or of the injured party, but rather that before God you could see for yourselves how devoted to us you are.
By all this we are encouraged. In addition to our own encouragement, we were especially delighted to see how happy Titus3 was, because his spirit has been refreshed by all of you.
I had boasted to him about you,4 and you have not embarrassed me. But just as everything we said to you was true, so our boasting about you to Titus5 has proved to be true as well.
And his affection for you is all the greater when he remembers that you were all obedient,6 receiving him with fear and trembling.716
I am glad I can have complete confidence in you.8