Make sure that no one pays back evil for evil. Instead, always pursue what is good for each other and for everyone else.
Do not pay others back evil for evil or insult for insult. Instead, keep blessing them, because you were called to inherit a blessing.
So then, whenever we have the opportunity, let's practice doing good to everyone, especially to the family of faith.
Then Joseph sent his brothers away, and they left for home. As they were leaving, Joseph admonished them, "Don't quarrel on the way back!"
"If you come across your enemy's ox or donkey wandering off, you are to certainly return it to him.
"You are not to seek vengeance or hold a grudge against the descendants of your people. Instead, love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD."
You are to pursue justice and only justice so you may live and possess the land that the LORD your God is about to give you."
Just like the ancient proverb says, "From wicked people comes wickedness,' but I'm not against you.
if I have rewarded those who did me good with evil, if I have plundered my enemy without justification,
Don't say, "I'll do to him like he did to me, I'll be sure to pay him back for what he did."
If your enemy hungers, give him food to eat; and if he thirsts, give him water to drink.
But I tell you not to resist an evildoer. On the contrary, whoever slaps you on the right cheek, turn the other to him as well.
But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you,
Rather, love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them, expecting nothing in return. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind even to ungrateful and evil people.
Your love must be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.
Do not pay anyone back evil for evil, but focus your thoughts on what is right in the sight of all people.
Therefore, let's keep on pursuing those things that bring peace and that lead to building up one another.
The very fact that you have lawsuits among yourselves is already a defeat for you. Why not rather just accept the wrong? Why not rather be cheated?
Keep on pursuing love, and keep on desiring spiritual gifts, especially the ability to prophesy.
If Timothy comes, see to it that he does not have anything to be afraid of while he is with you, for he is doing the Lord's work as I am.
So, then, be careful how you live. Do not be unwise but wise,
But each individual man among you must love his wife as he loves himself; and may the wife fear her husband.
We comforted and encouraged you, urging you to live in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.
But you, man of God, must flee from all these things. Instead, you must pursue righteousness, godliness, faithfulness, love, endurance, and gentleness.
A servant of the Lord must not argue. Instead, he must be kind to everyone, teachable, willing to suffer wrong,
They are not to insult anyone or be argumentative. Instead, they are to be gentle and perfectly courteous to everyone.
Pursue peace with everyone, as well as holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.
Now that you have obeyed the truth and have purified your souls to love your brothers sincerely, you must love one another intensely and with a pure heart.
Honor everyone. Keep on loving the community of believers, fearing God, and honoring the king.
"He never sinned, and he never told a lie."
He must turn away from evil and do good. He must seek peace and pursue it.
Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The person who does what is good is from God. The person who does what is evil has never seen God.
I bowed down at his feet to worship him, but he told me, "Don't do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers who rely on what Jesus is saying. Worship God, because what Jesus is saying is the spirit of prophecy!"
But he told me, "Don't do that! I am a fellow servant with you, your brothers the prophets, and those who keep the words in this book. Worship God!"