2 Corinthians 10:1-9 CEB

Paul’s personal request for obedience

1 I, Paul, make a personal request to you with the gentleness and kindness of Christ. I'm shy when I'm with you, but I'm bossy when I'm away from you!

References for 2 Corinthians 10:1

      2 I beg you that when I'm with you in person, I won't have to boss you around. I'm afraid that I may have to use that kind of behavior with those people who think we live by human standards.
      3 Although we live in the world, we don't fight our battles with human methods.
      4 Our weapons that we fight with aren't human, but instead they are powered by God for the destruction of fortresses. They destroy arguments,
      5 and every defense that is raised up to oppose the knowledge of God. They capture every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
      6 Once your obedience is complete, we are ready to punish any disobedience.
      7 Look at what is right in front of you! If anyone is sure about belonging to Christ, that person should think again. We belong to Christ just like that person.
      8 Even if I went on to brag about our authority, I wouldn't be ashamed of it. The Lord gave us that authority to build you up and not to destroy you.
      9 I don't want it to seem like I'm trying to intimidate you with my letters.