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1 Corinthians 4:12-21 (Holman Christian Standard)

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12 we labor, working with our own hands. When we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; 13 when we are slandered, we entreat. We are, even now, like the world's garbage, like the filth of all things.

Paul's Fatherly Care

14 I'm not writing this to shame you, but to warn you as my dear children. 15 For you can have 10,000 instructors in Christ, but you can't have many fathers. Now I have fathered you in Christ Jesus through the gospel. 16 Therefore I urge you, be imitators of me. 17 This is why I have sent to you Timothy, who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord. He will remind you about my ways in Christ Jesus, just as I teach everywhere in every church. 18 Now some are inflated with pride, as though I were not coming to you. 19 But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will know not the talk but the power of those who are inflated with pride. 20 For the kingdom of God is not in talk but in power. 21 What do you want? Should I come to you with a rod, or in love and a spirit of gentleness?
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