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1 Corinthians 4:14-21 NKJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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14 I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you. 14 I am not writing this to shame you, but to warn you, as my dear children.
15 For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. 15 Even though you have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.
16 Therefore I urge you, imitate me. 16 Therefore I urge you to imitate me.
17 For this reason I have sent Timothy to you, who is my beloved and faithful son in the Lord, who will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach everywhere in every church. 17 For this reason I am sending to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church.
18 Now some are puffed up, as though I were not coming to you. 18 Some of you have become arrogant, as if I were not coming to you.
19 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord wills, and I will know, not the word of those who are puffed up, but the power. 19 But I will come to you very soon, if the Lord is willing, and then I will find out not only how these arrogant people are talking, but what power they have.
20 For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power. 20 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.
21 What do you want? Shall I come to you with a rod, or in love and a spirit of gentleness? 21 What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a whip, or in love and with a gentle spirit?