Brothers and sisters, I beg you to become like me. After all, I became like you were. You didn't do anything wrong to me.
You know that the first time I brought you the Good News I was ill.
Even though my illness was difficult for you, you didn't despise or reject me. Instead, you welcomed me as if I were God's messenger or Christ Jesus himself.
What happened to your positive attitude? It's a fact that if it had been possible, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me.
Can it be that I have become your enemy for telling you the truth?
These people [who distort the Good News] are devoted to you, but not in a good way. They don't want you to associate with me so that you will be devoted only to them.
(Devotion to a good cause is always good, even when I'm not with you.)
My children, I am suffering birth pains for you again until Christ is formed in you.
I wish I were with you right now so that I could change the tone of my voice. I'm completely puzzled by what you've done!