We have conducted ourselves with godly sincerity and pure motives in the world, and especially toward you. This is why we are confident, and our conscience confirms this. We didn't act with human wisdom but we relied on the grace of God.
We don't write anything to you except what you can read and also understand. I hope that you will understand totally
since you have already understood us partly. Understand that in the day of our Lord Jesus, we will make you proud as you will also make us proud.
Because I was sure of this, I wanted to visit you first so that you could have a second opportunity to see me.
I wanted to visit you on my way to Macedonia, and then come to you again on my way back from Macedonia, at which point I was hoping you would help me on my way to Judea.
So I wasn't unreliable when I planned to do this, was I? Or do I make decisions with a substandard human process so that I say "Yes, yes" and "No, no" at the same time?
But as God is faithful, our message to you isn't both yes and no.
God's Son, Jesus Christ, is the one who was preached among you by us—through me, Silvanus, and Timothy—he wasn't yes and no. In him it is always yes.
All of God's promises have their yes in him. That is why we say Amen through him to the glory of God.
God is the one who establishes us with you in Christ and who anointed us.
God also sealed us and gave the Spirit as a down payment in our hearts.
I call on God as my witness—I didn't come again to Corinth because I wanted to spare you.
It isn't that we are trying to control your faith, but we are working with you for your happiness, because you stand firm in your faith.