In our work together with God, then, we beg you who have received God's grace not to let it be wasted.
Hear what God says: 1 "When the time came for me to show you favor, I heard you; when the day arrived for me to save you, I helped you." Listen! This is the hour to receive God's favor; today is the day to be saved!
We do not want anyone to find fault with our work, so we try not to put obstacles in anyone's way.
Instead, in everything we do we show that we are God's servants by patiently enduring troubles, hardships, and difficulties.
We have been beaten, jailed, and mobbed; we have been overworked and have gone without sleep or food. 26
By our purity, knowledge, patience, and kindness we have shown ourselves to be God's servants - by the Holy Spirit, by our true love,