2 Corinthians 10:7-13New Living Translation (NLT)
7 Look at the obvious facts. Those who say they belong to Christ must recognize that we belong to Christ as much as they do. 8 I may seem to be boasting too much about the authority given to us by the Lord. But our authority builds you up; it doesn’t tear you down. So I will not be ashamed of using my authority.
9 I’m not trying to frighten you by my letters. 10 For some say, “Paul’s letters are demanding and forceful, but in person he is weak, and his speeches are worthless!” 11 Those people should realize that our actions when we arrive in person will be as forceful as what we say in our letters from far away.
12 Oh, 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!
13 We 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.
Dear Father, I belong to Jesus Christ. I am built up in the light of Jesus. It is important that I follow the example of Jesus. The Word of God is my guide. May I continue to put God’s Word in my heart and mind daily. For when I am in continual prayer and have my Lord at the forefront of my thoughts, I am continually built up and fortified in my relationship with Jesus. In Jesus’ Name I Pray, Amen.