For the time already past is sufficient for you
to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a course of indecent behavior, lusts, drunkenness, carousing, drinking parties, and wanton idolatries.
this, they are surprised that you do not run with them
in the same excesses of debauchery, and they slander you;
but they will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
For the gospel has for this purpose been preached even to those who are dead, that though they are judged in the flesh as people, they may live in the spirit according to the will of
The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit
for the purpose of prayer.
Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.
Be hospitable to one another without complaint.
As each one has received a special
gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the multifaceted grace of God.
Whoever speaks is to do so
as one who is speaking
actual words of God; whoever serves is to do so
as one who is serving
by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.