1 Thessalonians 5:12-28

Final Directions

12 Brothers and sisters, we ask you to have respect for the godly leaders who work hard among you. They have authority over you. They correct you.
13 Have a lot of respect for them. Love them because of what they do. Live in peace with each other.
14 Brothers and sisters, we are asking you to warn those who don't want to work. Cheer up those who are shy. Help those who are weak. Put up with everyone.
15 Make sure that nobody pays back one wrong act with another. Always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.
16 Always be joyful.
17 Never stop praying.
18 Give thanks no matter what happens. God wants you to thank him because you believe in Christ Jesus.
19 Don't put out the Holy Spirit's fire.
20 Don't treat prophecies as if they amount to nothing.
21 Put everything to the test. Hold on to what is good.
22 Stay away from every kind of evil.
23 God is the God who gives peace. May he make you holy through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept free from blame. May you be without blame from now until our Lord Jesus Christ comes.
24 The One who has chosen you is faithful. He will do all these things.
25 Brothers and sisters, pray for us.
26 Greet all the believers with a holy kiss.
27 While the Lord is watching, here is what I command you. Have this letter read to all the believers.
28 May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.