I do not write these things to shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved children.
just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children,
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.
However, if you have warned the righteous man that the righteous should not sin and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he took warning; and you have delivered yourself.”
Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of three years I did not cease to admonish each one with tears.
I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not among you one wise man who will be able to decide between his brethren,
But I have used none of these things. And I am not writing these things so that it will be done so in my case; for it would be better for me to die than have any man make my boast an empty one.
Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.
Our mouth has spoken freely to you, O Corinthians, our heart is opened wide.
I do not speak to condemn you, for I have said before that you are in our hearts to die together and to live together.
Why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!
Here for this third time I am ready to come to you, and I will not be a burden to you; for I do not seek what is yours, but you; for children are not responsible to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.
All this time you have been thinking that we are defending ourselves to you. Actually, it is in the sight of God that we have been speaking in Christ; and all for your upbuilding, beloved.
We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.
We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.
I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.