I'm speaking to the elders among you. I was a witness of Christ's sufferings. And I will also share in the glory that is going to come. I'm making my appeal to you as one who is an elder together with you.
Be shepherds of God's flock, the believers who are under your care. Serve as their leaders. Don't serve them because you have to. Instead, do it because you want to. That's what God wants you to do. Don't do it because you want to get more and more money. Do it because you really want to serve.
Don't act as if you were a ruler over those who are under your care. Instead, be examples to the flock.
The Chief Shepherd will come again. Then you will receive the crown of glory. It is a crown that will never fade away.
Young men, follow the lead of those who are older. All of you, put on a spirit that is free of pride toward each other as if it were your clothes. Scripture says, "God opposes those who are proud. But he gives grace to those who are not." #1(Proverbs 3:34)#2
So don't be proud. Put yourselves under God's mighty hand. Then he will honor you at the right time.