1 Corinthians 4:14-21 NIV

Paul’s Appeal and Warning

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

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15 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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16 Therefore I urge you to imitate me.

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17 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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18 Some of you have become arrogant, as if I were not coming to you.

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      19 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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      20 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.

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      21 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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