Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. Let marriage be held in honour among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say,
“The Lord is my helper;
I will not fear;
what can man do to me?”
Comment: There isn’t a negative thought in this passage. It is unbelievably positive about how we should live as Christians!
- Live a life of brotherly love, extended to strangers. Maybe you’ll unexpectedly be dealing with an angel!
- The suffering church, imprisoned, mistreated (?tortured) is your duty to remember, obviously in prayer but to help them in any way you possibly can.
- Honour sexual purity and marriage. A command so unheeded in this era.
- God, and not money, is to be the centre of living. This release from the worry of money leads to contentment with God.
- The Lord is real so we can depend on Him. This is not here to say that He will keep us from all trials (see above) but He is with us in every situation.
Prayer: I would live free, O God. Freed from so much by Your Grace and Mercy.