Look at what is before your eyes. If anyone is confident that he is Christ’s, let him remind himself that just as he is Christ’s, so also are we.
For even if I boast a little too much of our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for destroying you, I will not be ashamed.
I do not want to appear to be frightening you with my letters.
For they say, “His letters are weighty and strong, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech of no account.”
Let such a person understand that what we say by letter when absent, we do when present.
Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.
But we will not boast beyond limits, but will boast only with regard to the area of influence God assigned to us, to reach even to you.
For we are not overextending ourselves, as though we did not reach you. For we were the first to come all the way to you with the gospel of Christ.