As God's fellow workers1 we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain.22
For he says, "In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you."a3 I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation.
We put no stumbling block in anyone's path,4 so that our ministry will not be discredited.
Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses;
in beatings, imprisonments5 and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger;66
in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit7 and in sincere love;8