Don't obey them only while you're being watched, as if you merely wanted to please people. But obey like slaves who belong to Christ, who have a deep desire to do what God wants them to do.
Serve eagerly as if you were serving your heavenly master and not merely serving human masters.
You know that your heavenly master will reward all of us for whatever good we do, whether we're slaves or free people.
Masters, treat your slaves with respect. Don't threaten a slave. You know that there is one master in heaven who has authority over both of you, and he doesn't play favorites.
Finally, receive your power from the Lord and from his mighty strength.
Put on all the armor that God supplies. In this way you can take a stand against the devil's strategies.
This is not a wrestling match against a human opponent. We are wrestling with rulers, authorities, the powers who govern this world of darkness, and spiritual forces that control evil in the heavenly world.
For this reason, take up all the armor that God supplies. Then you will be able to take a stand during these evil days. Once you have overcome all obstacles, you will be able to stand your ground.
So then, take your stand! Fasten truth around your waist like a belt. Put on God's approval as your breastplate.
Put on your shoes so that you are ready to spread the Good News that gives peace.
In addition to all these, take the Christian faith as your shield. With it you can put out all the flaming arrows of the evil one.