16Therefore I exhort you, be 1imitators of me.
For thisreason I 2have sent to you 3Timothy, who is my 4beloved and faithfulchild in the Lord, and he will remind you of my ways which are in Christ, 5just as I teacheverywhere in everychurch.
18Nowsome have become a6arrogant, as though I were not 7coming to you.
But I 8will come to you soon, 9if the Lordwills, and I shall find out, not the bwords of those who are 10arrogant but their power.
For the kingdom of God does 11not consist in cwords but in power.
21What do you desire? 12Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love and a spirit of gentleness?