We give no opportunity for stumbling to anyone, so that the ministry will not be blamed.
But in everything, as God's ministers, we commend ourselves: by great endurance, by afflictions, by hardship, by pressures,
by beatings, by imprisonments, by riots, by labors, by sleepless nights, by times of hunger,
by purity, by knowledge, by patience, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love,
by the message of truth, by the power of God; through weapons of righteousness on the right hand and the left,
through glory and dishonor, through slander and good report; as deceivers yet true;
as unknown yet recognized; as dying and look-we live; as being chastened yet not killed;
as grieving yet always rejoicing; as poor yet enriching many; as having nothing yet possessing everything.
We have spoken openly to you, Corinthians; our heart has been opened wide.
You are not limited by us, but you are limited by your own affections.
Now in like response-I speak as to children-you also should be open to us.