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11 Anyone like that should reckon on this: the way we talk in letters, when we’re absent, will be how we behave when we’re present.

Boasting in the Lord

12 We wouldn’t dare, you see, to figure out where we belong on some scale or other, or compare ourselves with people who commend themselves. They measure themselves by one another, and compare themselves with one another. That just shows how silly they are! 13 But when we boast, we don’t go off into flights of fancy; we boast according to the measure of the rule God has given us to measure ourselves by, and that rule includes our work with you!

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