Now I decided not to pay you another painful visit.
I call upon God as a witness on my behalf that it was in order to spare you that I did not return to Corinth.
Which do you prefer? Should I come to you with a stick, or with love and a gentle spirit?
I am afraid that I may come and somehow find you not as I want to find you, and that you may find me not as you want to find me. Perhaps there will be quarreling, jealousy, anger, selfishness, slander, gossip, arrogance, and disorderly conduct.
For this reason I am writing this while I am away from you: When I come I do not want to be severe in using the authority the Lord gave me to build you up and not to tear you down.
So all of the disciples decided they would send a contribution to the brothers living in Judea, as they were able,
Paul and Barnabas had quite a dispute and argument with them. So Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to confer with the apostles and elders about this question.
Barnabas wanted to take along John, who was called Mark,
For while I was with you I resolved to know nothing except Jesus the Messiah, and him crucified.
Even though I am away from you physically, I am with you in spirit. I have already passed judgment on the man who did this, as though I were present with you.
Because I was confident, I planned to come to you first so you might receive a double blessing.
I wrote to you out of great sorrow and anguish of heart along with many tears not to make you sad but to let you know how much love I have for you.
For even when we came to Macedonia, our bodies had no rest. We suffered in a number of ways. Outwardly there were conflicts, inwardly there were fears.