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We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it;
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when we are slandered, we answer kindly. We have become the scum of the earth, the garbage of the world—right up to this moment.
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I am writing this not to shame you but to warn you as my dear children.
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Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.
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Therefore I urge you to imitate me.
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For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church.
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Some of you have become arrogant, as if I were not coming to you.
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But I will come to you very soon, if the Lord is willing, and then I will find out not only how these arrogant people are talking, but what power they have.
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For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.
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What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a rod of discipline, or shall I come in love and with a gentle spirit?
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