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The Message
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Well now I’ve done it I’ve made a complete fool of myself by going on like this. But it’s not my fault; you put me up to it .you should have been doing this for me, sticking up for means commending me instead of making me do it myself. You know from personal experience that even if I’m a nobody, a nothing ,I wasn’t second rate compared to those big-shot apostles your so taken with .all the signs that mark a true apostle were in evidence while I was with you through both good times and bad.; signs of wonder and power .did you get less of me or God than any other churches . The only thing you got less was less responsibility for my upkeep. Well, I’m sorry. Forgive me for depriving you.


Everything is in readiness now for this, my third visit to you. But don’t worry about it, you won’t have to put yourselves out. I’ll is no more bother to you this time than on other visits. I have no interest in what you have - only you. Children shouldn’t have to look out for their parents, parents look out for the children. I’d be most happy to empty my pockets, even gage my life, for your good. So how does it happen that the more I love you,  the less I’m loved?
And why is it I keep coming across these whiffs of gossip about how my self-support was a front behind which I worked an elaborate scam? Where’s the evidence? Did I cheat or trick you through anyone I sent? I asked Titus to visit and sent some brothers along. Did they swindle you out of anything? And haven’t we always been just as above board, just as honest? I hope that you don’t think all along we’ve been making our defense before you, the jury. You're not the jury, God is the jury – God revealed in Christ - and we make our case before him. And we’ve gone through all the trouble of supporting our selves so that we wouldn't be in the way of your growing up.
I do admit that I have fears that when I came you’ll disappoint menadiol disappoint you, and in frustration with each other everything will fall to pieces—quarrel’s,  jealousy, flaring tempers, taking sides, angry words, vicious rumors, swelled heads, and general bedlam. Don’t look forward to a second humiliation by  God among you, compounded by hot tears over that crowd that keeps sinning over and over in the same old ways, who refuse to turn away from the pigsty of evil, sexual disorder, and indecency in which they wallow. Well, this is my third visit coming up. Remember the Scripture says, ”A matter becomes clear after two or three witnesses give evidence/” On my second visit I warned that bunch that keeps inning over and over in the same old ways that when I come back I won’t go easy on them Now preparing for the third, I’m saying it again from a distance. If you haven’t changed your ways by the time, I get there, lookout. You who have been demanding proof that Christ speaks through me will get more than you bargained for. You’ll get the full force of Christ, don’t think you won’t.
He was sheer weakness and humiliation when he was killed on the cross, but oh, he's alive now-in the mighty power of God! We weren’t much to look at,  either, when we were humiliated among you, but when we deal with you this time, we’ll be alive in Christ, strengthened by God. Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular check-ups. You need first-hand evidence, not mere hearsay, that Jesus Christ is in you. Test it out. If you fail the test, do something about it. I hope the test won’t show that we have failed. But if it comes to that, we’d rather the test showed our failure than yours. We’re rooting for the truth to win out in you. We couldn’t possibly do otherwise.
We don’t just push our limitations; we celebrate them, and then go on to celebrate every strength, every triumph of truth in you .we pray hard that it will all come together in your lives.

I’m writing this to you so that when I come, I won’t have to say another word on the subject. The authority the Master gave me is for putting people together, not taking them apart. I want to get on with it. , and not have to spend time on reprimands.
And that’s about it, friends. Be cheerful. Keep things in good repair Keep your spirits up. Think in harmony. Be agreeable. Do all that .and the God of Love and peace will be with you for sure. Greet one another with a holy embrace. All the brothers and sisters here say hello.
The amazing grace of the master Jesus Christ thee extravagant love of God, the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you. 
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