1 Corinthians 4:16-21 NIV

16 Therefore I urge you to imitate me.1

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17 For this reason I am sending to you2 Timothy,3 my son4 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.5

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18 Some of you have become arrogant,6 as if I were not coming to you.7

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      19 But I will come to you very soon,8 if the Lord is willing,9 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 of10 talk but of power.11

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      21 What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a whip,12 or in love and with a gentle spirit?

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