I don't mean to prescribe to you, but that the zeal of others may show you are as sincerely well-affected.
now if their fall be to the advancement of the world, and the few converts among them bring in whole numbers of the Gentiles: how much more so will it be, when the Jewish body recover?
Let love be without dissimulation. abhor that which is evil, adhere to that which is good.
But as to the other cases, which were not decided by the Lord; I say, if any brother has a pagan wife, who likes to live with him, let him not put her away.
As to the case of celibacy, I have no positive instructions: yet my advice deserves to be regarded, as coming from one the divine favour has distinguished.
I approve myself, by chastity, by knowledge, by meekness, by kindness, by sanctity of mind, by undisguised benevolence,
I must acquaint you, brethren, with the contribution which the churches of Macedonia have religiously made,
in this I only advise you: it being for your credit, since you have not only begun to execute it, but you were the first that form'd the design a year ago.
wherefore show how much you love them, and how well you deserve the character I gave you, before all the churches.
for I know your generous propensity, and I mention'd it with applause to the Macedonians, that Achaia was ready a year ago; so that your zeal has influenc'd many others.
let every man give as he is disposed in his own mind, without any regret or reluctance: for God loves a cheerful benefactor.
grace be with all those that have love uncorrupted for our Lord Jesus Christ. amen.
and let us animate one another to the mutual returns of love, and kind offices: not abandoning our assemblies,
What advantage is it, my brethren, for a man to say he has faith, if he has no beneficence? can such a faith save him?
You that have purified your souls by the holy spirit, in obeying the gospel, which obliges you to an undisguised benevolence, let your hearts be mutually affected with the most disinterested ardour;
he that possesses the enjoyments of life, and seeing his brother in want, has no compassion for him, how can he be said to have any divine love?