2 Corinthians 10:1 CSB – Now I, Paul, myself, appeal to you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am humble among you in person but bold toward you when absent.

2 Corinthians 10:9 CSB – I don’t want to seem as though I am trying to terrify you with my letters.

2 Corinthians 10:2 CSB – I beg you that when I am present I will not need to be bold with the confidence by which I plan to challenge certain people who think we are living according to the flesh.

2 Corinthians 10:8 CSB – For if I boast a little too much about our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for tearing you down, I will not be put to shame.

2 Corinthians 10:12-13 CSBFor we don’t dare classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. But in measuring themselves by themselves and comparing themselves to themselves, they lack understanding. 13 We, however, will not boast beyond measure but according to the measure of the area of ministry that God has assigned to us, which reaches even to you.

  1. People Will Love You Until You Lead

Luke 6:26 CSB – Woe to you
when all people speak well of you,
for this is the way their ancestors
used to treat the false prophets.

1 Peter 4:14a CSB – “If you are ridiculed for the name of Christ, you are blessed”

  1. Don’t Respond In The Flesh

2 Corinthians 10:3-4a CSB – “For although we live in the flesh, we do not wage war according to the flesh, since the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds.”

2 Corinthians 10:4b-5a CSB – “We demolish arguments and every proud thing that is raised up against the the knowledge of God”

2 Corinthians 10:1a – “Now I, Paul, myself, appeal to you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ”

Proverbs 27:6 NIVWounds from a friend can be trusted,
    but an enemy multiplies kisses.

  1. Sometimes The Best Response Is No Response

Romans 12:19 CSB – Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for God’s wrath, because it is written, Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay,[a] says the Lord.

Romans 12:21 CSB – Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.

Matthew 12:36 CSB – I tell you that on the day of judgment people will have to account for every careless word they speak

Ephesians 4:15 CSB – But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into him who is the head—Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:17 CSB – So let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.