But he told me: "My kindness is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak." So I will brag even more about my weaknesses in order that Christ's power will live in me.
Therefore, I accept weakness, mistreatment, hardship, persecution, and difficulties suffered for Christ. It's clear that when I'm weak, I'm strong.
I have become a fool. You forced me to be one. You should have recommended me to others. Even if I'm nothing, I wasn't inferior in any way to your super-apostles.
While I was among you I patiently did the signs, wonders, and miracles which prove that I'm an apostle.
How were you treated worse than the other churches, except that I didn't bother you for help? Forgive me for this wrong!
I'm ready to visit you for a third time, and I won't bother you for help. I don't want your possessions. Instead, I want you. Children shouldn't have to provide for their parents, but parents should provide for their children.
I will be very glad to spend whatever I have. I'll even give myself for you. Do you love me less because I love you so much?
You agree, then, that I haven't been a burden to you. Was I a clever person who trapped you by some trick?
Did I take advantage of you through any of the men I sent you?
I encouraged Titus to visit you, and I sent my friend with him. Did Titus take advantage of you? Didn't we have the same motives and do things the same way?
Have you been thinking all along that we're trying to defend ourselves to you? We speak as Christ's people in God's sight. Everything we do, dear friends, is for your benefit.