1 Corinthians 4:13-21 NIV

13 when we are slandered, we answer kindly. Up to this moment we have become the scum of the earth, the refuse1 of the world.

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14 I am not writing this to shame you,2 but to warn you, as my dear children.3

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15 Even though you have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father4 through the gospel.5

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16 Therefore I urge you to imitate me.6

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17 For this reason I am sending to you7 Timothy,8 my son9 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.10

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18 Some of you have become arrogant,11 as if I were not coming to you.12

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      19 But I will come to you very soon,13 if the Lord is willing,14 and then I will find out not only how these arrogant people are talking, but what power they have.

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      20 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of15 talk but of power.16

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      21 What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a whip,17 or in love and with a gentle spirit?

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