Overwhelm them with appreciation and love!
Our counsel is that you warn the freeloaders to get a move on. Gently encourage the stragglers, and reach out for the exhausted, pulling them to their feet. Be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs.
And be careful that when you get on each other's nerves you don't snap at each other. Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out.
Be cheerful no matter what;
pray all the time;
thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.
Don't suppress the Spirit,
and don't stifle those who have a word from the Master.
On the other hand, don't be gullible. Check out everything, and keep only what's good.
Throw out anything tainted with evil.
May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together - spirit, soul, and body - and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ.
The One who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he'll do it!
Friends, keep up your prayers for us.
Greet all the Christians there with a holy embrace.
And make sure this letter gets read to all the brothers and sisters. Don't leave anyone out.
The amazing grace of Jesus Christ be with you!