Keep on loving

Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters. And don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, because some people who’ve done this have entertained angels without realizing it! Continue to remember those who are in prison as if you were there in prison with them. Remember also those being ill-treated as if you yourselves were suffering.

Marriage is an honourable institution which should be respected by all, but let the marriage bed be kept pure, because God will judge both the adulterer and the immoral.

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “I will never leave you, neither will I forsake you.”

So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper – I won’t be afraid. What can mere man do to me?”

Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their lives, and follow the example of their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Don’t be distracted by strange, new ideas. Our hearts are best strengthened by grace, not by rules about food which give no benefit to those who follow them. We have an altar from which those who only serve the tabernacle have no right to eat.

The high priest brought the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies of the slaughtered animals were burned outside the camp. Jesus also suffered outside the city gate in order to cleanse his people with his own blood. So let us also go to him, outside the camp, bearing the same disgrace that he bore. For here we have no permanent home, but we look forward to a home still to come.

Let us, therefore, offer a continual sacrifice of praise through Jesus, the fruit of lips that proclaim his name. And don’t forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

Have confidence in your spiritual leaders and do what they tell you, because they watch over you as those who must give account to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow, which would be of no benefit to you.

Pray for us. We want to keep a clear conscience, and to behave honourably in all that we do. Also, please pray that I may be able to come back to you very soon.

Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus – that great Shepherd of the sheep – equip you with everything that’s good to do his will. And may he produce in us what’s pleasing to him,  through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Brothers and sisters, I urge you to bear with my message of encouragement, because this was a s short as I could make it.

You’ll be pleased to hear that our brother Timothy has just been released from prison. If he gets here in time, I’ll bring him with me to see you.

Greet all your leaders and all the Lord’s people. Those in Italy send you their greetings.

Grace be with you all.

Anonymous

 

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