1 Corinthians 4:14-21 NIV

14 I am not writing this to shame you,1 but to warn you, as my dear children.2

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15 Even though you have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father3 through the gospel.4

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16 Therefore I urge you to imitate me.5

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17 For this reason I am sending to you6 Timothy,7 my son8 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.9

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18 Some of you have become arrogant,10 as if I were not coming to you.11

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      19 But I will come to you very soon,12 if the Lord is willing,13 and then I will find out not only how these arrogant people are talking, but what power they have.

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      20 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of14 talk but of power.15

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      21 What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a whip,16 or in love and with a gentle spirit?

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