Test yourselves to see
if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about
yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test?
But I expect that you will realize that we ourselves do not fail the test.
Now we pray to God that you do nothing wrong; not so that we ourselves may appear approved, but that you may do what is right, though we may appear unapproved.
For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only
for the truth.
For we rejoice when we ourselves are weak, but you are strong; this we also pray for, that you become mature.
For this reason I am writing these things while absent, so that when present I need
not use severity, in accordance with the authority which the Lord gave me for building up and not for tearing down.