Paul is determined that he must respond to his rivals boasting with his own boasts to protect his flock.
Paul prefers to use persuasion rather than rail at the Corinthians and to use reasoned arguments to coax them rather than beat them into submission.
Paul cites Scripture to encourage giving generously and freely because God loves a cheerful giver and to remind them that God provides all that is necessary for generosity.
Paul informs them of the envoys he is sending to collect and deliver the financial gift to the churches of Judea.
Paul encourages the Corinthians to live up to the Macedonian example as he sends Titus to finish the collection that the Corinthians had started in 1 Corinthians 16:1-4.
Paul is comforted when he receives news from Titus that the Corinthians have responded with repentance to his “tearful letter.”
The alliances of the Corinthian Church were tarnishing the testimony of the Church and its members and muted the ministry of reconciliation entrusted to them.