1 Corinthians 4:15-21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
15 For if you were to have countless tutors in Christ, yet you would not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. 16 Therefore I exhort you, be imitators of me. 17 For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, and he will remind you of my ways which are in Christ, just as I teach everywhere in every church. 18 Now some have become [a]arrogant, as though I were not coming to you. 19 But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I shall find out, not the [b]words of those who are arrogant but their power. 20 For the kingdom of God does not consist in [c]words but in power. 21 What do you desire? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love and a spirit of gentleness?
1 Thessalonians 2:6-20 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
6 nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, even though as apostles of Christ [a]we might have [b]asserted our authority. 7 But we [c]proved to be [d]gentle [e]among you, as a nursing mother [f]tenderly cares for her own children. 8 Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own [g]lives, because you had become [h]very dear to us.
9 For you recall, brethren, our labor and hardship, how working night and day so as not to be a burden to any of you, we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. 10 You are witnesses, and so is God, how devoutly and uprightly and blamelessly we [i]behaved toward you [j]believers; 11 just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and [k]imploring each one of you as a father would his own children, 12 so that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.
13 For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe. 14 For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea, for you also endured the same sufferings at the hands of your own countrymen, even as they did from the Jews, 15 who both killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and [l]drove us out. [m]They are not pleasing to God, [n]but hostile to all men, 16 hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved; with the result that they always fill up the measure of their sins. But wrath has come upon them [o]to the utmost.
17 But we, brethren, having been taken away from you for a [p]short while—in [q]person, not in [r]spirit—were all the more eager with great desire to see your face. 18 [s]For we wanted to come to you—I, Paul, [t]more than once—and yet Satan hindered us. 19 For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His [u]coming? 20 For you are our glory and joy.
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