So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober;
for those who sleep sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night.
But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.
For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him.
Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.
But we appeal to you, brothers and sisters, a to respect those who labor among you, and have charge of you in the Lord and admonish you;
esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.
And we urge you, beloved, b to admonish the idlers, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them.
See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all.
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