12 I ask you, brothers, become like me, because I also [have become] like you. You have done me no [wrong]!

Paul’s Personal Appeal

13 But you know that because of an illness of the flesh I proclaimed the gospel to you the first time.
14 And you did not despise or disdain [what was] a trial for you in my flesh, but you welcomed me like an angel of God, like Christ Jesus.
15 So where [is] your blessing? For I testify to you that, if possible, you would have torn out your eyes [and] given [them] to me!
16 So then, have I become your enemy [by] being truthful to you?
17 They zealously seek you, not commendably, but they want to exclude you, in order that you may seek them [zealously].
18 But [it is] good to be sought zealously in good at all times, and not only when I am present with you.
19 My children, for whom I am having birth pains again, until Christ is formed in you!
20 But I could wish to be present with you now, and to change my tone because I am perplexed about you.