9 Don’t just pretend that you love others: really
love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the good.
10 Love each other
with brotherly affection and take delight in honoring each other.
11 Never be lazy
in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically.
12 Be glad for
all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and prayerful
13 When God’s
children are in need, you be the one to help them out. And get into
the habit of inviting guests home for dinner or, if they need lodging,
for the night.
14 If someone
mistreats you because you are a Christian, don’t curse him;
pray that God will bless him.
15 When others
are happy, be happy with them. If they are sad, share their sorrow.
16 Work happily
together. Don’t try to act big. Don’t try to get into
the good graces of important people, but enjoy the company of ordinary
folks. And don’t think you know it all!
17 Never pay back
evil for evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you
are honest clear through.
quarrel with anyone. Be at peace with everyone, just as much as