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Our acts of service and sacrifice
1Keep loving each other like family. 2Don’t neglect to open up your homes to guests, because by doing this some have been hosts to angels without knowing it. 3Remember prisoners as if you were in prison with them, and people who are mistreated as if you were in their place. 4Marriage must be honored in every respect, with no cheating on the relationship, because God will judge the sexually immoral person and the person who commits adultery. 5Your way of life should be free from the love of money, and you should be content with what you have. After all, he has said, I will never leave you or abandon you.#Deut 31:6; Gen 28:15 6This is why we can confidently say,
The Lord is my helper,
and I won’t be afraid.
What can people do to me?#Ps 118:6
7Remember your leaders who spoke God’s word to you. Imitate their faith as you consider the way their lives turned out. 8Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever!
9Don’t be misled by the many strange teachings out there. It’s a good thing for the heart to be strengthened by grace rather than by food. Food doesn’t help those who live in this context. 10We have an altar, and those who serve as priests in the meeting tent don’t have the right to eat from it. 11The blood of the animals is carried into the holy of holies by the high priest as an offering for sin, and their bodies are burned outside the camp. 12And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy with his own blood.
13So now, let’s go to him outside the camp, bearing his shame. 14We don’t have a permanent city here, but rather we are looking for the city that is still to come.
15So let’s continually offer up a sacrifice of praise through him, which is the fruit from our lips that confess his name. 16Don’t forget to do good and to share what you have because God is pleased with these kinds of sacrifices.
Closing greeting and blessing
17Rely on your leaders and defer to them, because they watch over your whole being as people who are going to be held responsible for you. They need to be able to do this with pleasure and not with complaints about you, because that wouldn’t help you. 18Pray for us. We’re sure that we have a good conscience, and we want to do the right thing in every way. 19I’m particularly asking you to do this so that I can be returned to you quickly.
20May the God of peace,
who brought back the great shepherd of the sheep,
our Lord Jesus,
from the dead by the blood of the eternal covenant,
21equip you with every good thing to do his will,
by developing in us what pleases him through Jesus Christ.
To him be the glory forever and always. Amen.
22I urge you, brothers and sisters, to put up with this message of encouragement, since I’ve only written a short letter to you! 23You should know that our brother Timothy has been set free. If he comes soon, we will travel together to see you.
24Greet your leaders and all of God’s holy people. The group from Italy greets you.
25May grace be with all of you.
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