I am not writing these things to shame you, but admonishing you as my dear children. For if you have ten thousand guardians in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I fathered you through the gospel. Therefore I exhort you, …
For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. But you know his proven character, that like a child with a father he served with me for the gospel.
just as you know how we treated each one of you, like a father his own children,
to Timothy, my true child in the faith. Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
to Titus, my true child according to a common faith. Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.