Work hard and do not be lazy. Serve the Lord with a heart full of devotion.
Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times.
Share your belongings with your needy fellow Christians, and open your homes to strangers.
Ask God to bless those who persecute you - yes, ask him to bless, not to curse. 1
Be happy with those who are happy, weep with those who weep. 2
Have the same concern for everyone. Do not be proud, but accept humble duties. Do not think of yourselves as wise. 3
If someone has done you wrong, do not repay him with a wrong. Try to do what everyone considers to be good.