The end of all things is at hand; therefore keep sane and sober for your prayers.
Above all hold unfailing your love for one another, since love covers a multitude of sins.
Practice hospitality ungrudgingly to one another.
As each has received a gift, employ it for one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace:
whoever speaks, as one who utters oracles of God; whoever renders service, as one who renders it by the strength which God supplies; in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which comes upon you to prove you, as though something strange were happening to you.
But rejoice in so far as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.
If you are reproached for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.
But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or a wrongdoer, or a mischief-maker;
yet if one suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but under that name let him glorify God.
For the time has come for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version - Holy Bible)