2 Corinthians 13:8-10
2Co 13:8 Because we cannot serve a church which is against the truth, but we serve for the truth.
2Co 13:9 Because we are glad when we are being weak and you are being strong. Your complete harmony is what we pray for.
2Co 13:10 I am writing these things while I am away from you for this reason, so that when I come I may not have to be brutal in my use of the right that the Lord has given me — to build you and not to destroy you.
two possible outcomes
Paul envisioned two possible outcomes to his letter. He would either come to Corinth and find a repentant, restored, harmonious church, or he would come and find a church which he would have to destroy. The difference is truth. That is, what matters is if there is truly a Christian presence in Corinth. Paul’s enemies said that he and his team were weak, but that the church is strong. Paul said that if that were really true, he would be glad. It would mean that he would not have to condemn them when he comes.
LORD, make us churches built on your truth, so that we never have to face the condemnation of those who serve for the truth.