Roman Corinth was prosperous, cosmopolitan, and religiously pluralistic, accustomed to visits by impressive, traveling public speakers and obsessed with status, self-promotion, and personal rights.
The merchant who made his gain by all and every means, the man of pleasure surrending himself to every lust, the athlete steeled to every bodily exercise and proud of his physical strength, are the true Corinthians types: in a word, the man who recognized no superior and no law but his own desires. – Stephen Um
## Implication 2: Gracious encouragement and growth go hand in hand
Gracious encouragement precedes Godly exhortation.