In his letter to Corinth Paul writes:
Because of this I am writing these things while absent, so that when I arrive I may not have to deal harshly with you by using my authority — the Lord gave it to me for building up, not for tearing down!
(2Co 13:10 NET.)
I noticed it is very similar to something in Jeremiah. Here God is speaking about the exiles in Babylon.
I will look after their welfare and will restore them to this land. There I will build them up and will not tear them down. I will plant them firmly in the land and will not uproot them.
(Jer 24:6 NET.)