For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
"Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.
Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
Our people must also learn to engage in good deeds to meet pressing needs, so that they will not be unfruitful.
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord;
Laziness casts into a deep sleep, And an idle man will suffer hunger.
"And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
"And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the market place;
"And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, 'Why have you been standing here idle all day long?'
"But his master answered and said to him, 'You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed.
but I know you, that you do not have the love of God in yourselves.
"If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.
not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.
For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you.
that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality.
But just as you abound in everything, in faith and utterance and knowledge and in all earnestness and in the love we inspired in you, see that you abound in this gracious work also.
while they also, by prayer on your behalf, yearn for you because of the surpassing grace of God in you.
Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you--unless indeed you fail the test?
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment,
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,
having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.
and may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people, just as we also do for you;
Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk), that you excel still more.
We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren, as is only fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the love of each one of you toward one another grows ever greater;
At the same time they also learn to be idle, as they go around from house to house; and not merely idle, but also gossips and busybodies, talking about things not proper to mention.
so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.