beatings, imprisonments, riots, hard work, sleepless nights, and lack of food.
[People can see] our purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit's presence [in our lives], our sincere love,
truthfulness, and the presence of God's power. We demonstrate that we are God's servants
as we are praised and dishonored, as we are slandered and honored, and as we use what is right to attack what is wrong and to defend the truth. We are treated as dishonest although we are honest,
as unknown although we are well-known, as dying although, as you see, we go on living. We are punished, but we are not killed.
People think we are sad although we're always glad, that we're beggars although we make many people spiritually rich, that we have nothing although we possess everything.
We have been very open in speaking to you Corinthians. We have a place for you in our hearts.
We haven't cut you off. Your own emotions have cut you off [from us].
I'm talking to you as I would talk to children. Treat us the same way we've treated you. Make a place for us in your hearts too.
Stop forming inappropriate relationships with unbelievers. Can right and wrong be partners? Can light have anything in common with darkness?
Can Christ agree with the devil? Can a believer share life with an unbeliever?