2 Corinthians 10:1-18, NLT
2 Corinthians 10
Paul Defends His Authority
1Now I, Paul, appeal to you with the gentleness and kindness of Christ—though I realize you think I am timid in person and bold only when I write from far away.
3We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do.
7Look at the obvious facts.*10:7 Or You look at things only on the basis of appearance. Those who say they belong to Christ must recognize that we belong to Christ as much as they do.
9I’m not trying to frighten you by my letters.
12Oh, don’t worry; we wouldn’t dare say that we are as wonderful as these other men who tell you how important they are! But they are only comparing themselves with each other, using themselves as the standard of measurement. How ignorant!
13We will not boast about things done outside our area of authority. We will boast only about what has happened within the boundaries of the work God has given us, which includes our working with you.
15Nor do we boast and claim credit for the work someone else has done. Instead, we hope that your faith will grow so that the boundaries of our work among you will be extended.
18When people commend themselves, it doesn’t count for much. The important thing is for the Lord to commend them.