2 Corinthians 13:4-10, THE MESSAGE
4 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 next time, we’ll be alive in Christ, strengthened by God.5 Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups. You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay, that Jesus Christ is in you. Test it out. If you fail the test, do something about it.6 I hope the test won’t show that we have failed.7 But if it comes to that, we’d rather the test showed our failure than yours.8 We’re rooting for the truth to win out in you.
9 We couldn’t possibly do otherwise.
We don’t just put up with our limitations; we celebrate them, and then go on to celebrate every strength, every triumph of the truth in you. We pray hard that it will all come together in your lives.10 I’m writing this to you now so that when I come I won’t have to say another word on the subject.