For though I caused you sorrow by my letter,
I do not regret it;
though I did regret it—
for I see that that letter caused you sorrow, though only for a while—
I now rejoice,
not that you were made sorrowful,
but that you were made sorrowful to the point of repentance;
for you were made sorrowful according to the will of God,
so that you might not suffer loss in anything through us.
For the sorrow that is according to the will of God
produces a repentance without regret,
leading to salvation,
but the sorrow of the world produces death.
For behold what earnestness this very thing,
this godly sorrow,
has produced in you:
what vindication of yourselves,
what avenging of wrong!
In everything you demonstrated yourselves to be innocent in the matter.
So although I wrote to you,
it was not for the sake of the offender
nor for the sake of the one offended,
but that your earnestness on our behalf
might be made known to you in the sight of God.
For this reason we have been comforted.
2 Corinthians 7:8-13
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