1 Corinthians 4:12-21 CJB

12 we exhaust ourselves working with our own hands for our living. When we are cursed, we keep on blessing; when we are persecuted, we go on putting up with it;
13 when we are slandered, we continue making our appeal. We are the world's garbage, the scum of the earth - yes, to this moment!
14 I am not writing you this to make you feel ashamed, but, as my dear children, to confront you and get you to change.
15 For even if you have ten thousand trainers in connection with the Messiah, you do not have many fathers; for in connection with the Messiah Yeshua it was I who became your father by means of the Good News.
16 Therefore I urge you to imitate me.
17 This is why I have sent you Timothy, my beloved and trustworthy child in the Lord. He will remind you of the way of life I follow in union with the Messiah Yeshua and teach everywhere in every congregation.
18 When I didn't come to visit you, some of you became arrogant.
19 But I am coming to you soon, if the Lord wills; and I will take cognizance not of the talk of these arrogant people but of their power.
20 For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of words but of power.
21 Which do you prefer - should I come to you with a stick? or with love in a spirit of gentleness?