Don’t just pretend that you love others: really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the good.
Love each other with brotherly affection and take delight in honoring each other.
Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically.
Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and prayerful always.
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.
If someone mistreats you because you are a Christian, don’t curse him; pray that God will bless him.
When others are happy, be happy with them. If they are sad, share their sorrow.
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!
Never pay back evil for evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honest clear through.
Don’t quarrel with anyone. Be at peace with everyone, just as much as possible.
Never avenge yourselves. Leave that to God, for He has said that He will repay those who deserve it. Don’t take the law into your own hands.
Instead, feed your enemy if he is hungry. If he is thirsty give him something to drink and you will be “heaping coals of fire on his head.” In other words, he will feel ashamed of himself for what he has done to you.
Don’t let evil get the upper hand, but conquer evil by doing good.
– Paul, speaking in Romans 12: 9-21
… because Jesus Christ is still in the business of changing lives…