2 Corinthians 7



2 Corinthians 7 emphasizes the importance of repentance, the joy that comes from genuine sorrow leading to a change of heart, and Paul's deep care for the Corinthians. The chapter reflects the dynamics of a relationship between a spiritual leader and a congregation, highlighting the themes of repentance, reconciliation, and the transformative power of godly sorrow.


  1. Exhortation to Holiness (2 Corinthians 7:1): Paul encourages the Corinthians to cleanse themselves from defilement and perfect holiness out of reverence for God. This is an appeal for them to live in a manner consistent with their Christian identity.
  2. Paul's Joy at the Corinthians' Repentance (2 Corinthians 7:2-16): Paul expresses his deep affection for the Corinthians and recounts the joy and comfort he experienced despite the previous distress he caused them with his letter. He rejoices not because of the distress itself but because it led to their repentance. This godly sorrow produced a genuine turning away from sin.
  3. Titus and Paul's Confidence (2 Corinthians 7:13-16): Paul expresses his relief and joy at Titus' report about the Corinthians. He is encouraged by their response to his previous letter. His confidence in them is restored, and he praises them for their obedience.