You are looking only on the surface of things.a1 If anyone is confident that he belongs to Christ,2 he should consider again that we belong to Christ just as much as he.38
For even if I boast somewhat freely about the authority the Lord gave us4 for building you up rather than pulling you down,5 I will not be ashamed of it.
I do not want to seem to be trying to frighten you with my letters.
For some say, "His letters are weighty and forceful, but in person he is unimpressive6 and his speaking amounts to nothing."711
Such people should realize that what we are in our letters when we are absent, we will be in our actions when we are present.