Slaves, obey your masters here on earth with fear and respect and from a sincere heart, just as you obey Christ.
You must do this not only while they are watching you, to please them. With all your heart you must do what God wants as people who are obeying Christ.
Do your work with enthusiasm. Work as if you were serving the Lord, not as if you were serving only men and women.
Remember that the Lord will give a reward to everyone, slave or free, for doing good.
Masters, in the same way, be good to your slaves. Do not threaten them. Remember that the One who is your Master and their Master is in heaven, and he treats everyone alike.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his great power.
Put on the full armor of God so that you can fight against the devil's evil tricks.
Our fight is not against people on earth but against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world's darkness, against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly world.
That is why you need to put on God's full armor. Then on the day of evil you will be able to stand strong. And when you have finished the whole fight, you will still be standing.
So stand strong, with the belt of truth tied around your waist and the protection of right living on your chest.
On your feet wear the Good News of peace to help you stand strong.