I do not writethesethings to 1shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved2children.
For if you were to havecountless3tutors in Christ, yet you would not have manyfathers, for in 4ChristJesus I 5became your fatherthrough the 6gospel.
16Therefore I exhort you, be 7imitators of me.
For thisreason I 8have sent to you 9Timothy, who is my 10beloved and faithfulchild in the Lord, and he will remind you of my ways which are in Christ, 11just as I teacheverywhere in everychurch.
18Nowsome have become a12arrogant, as though I were not 13coming to you.
But I 14will come to you soon, 15if the Lordwills, and I shall find out, not the bwords of those who are 16arrogant but their power.
For the kingdom of God does 17not consist in cwords but in power.
21What do you desire? 18Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love and a spirit of gentleness?