You are looking at things as they are outwardly. If anyone is confident in himself that he is Christ’s, have him consider this again within himself, that just as he is Christ’s, so too are we.
For if I boast somewhat more about our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for destroying you, I will not be put to shame,
for I do not want to seem as if I would terrify you by my letters.
For they say, 'His letters are weighty and strong, but his personal presence is unimpressive and his speech contemptible.'
Have such a person consider this, that what we are in word by letters when absent, such persons we are
also in deed when present.