Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,
"If your brother or sister "sins, "go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.
But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that 'every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.' [^4]
"The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
15 "If your brother or sister "sins, "go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.
16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that 'every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.' [^4]
17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.
18 "Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be "bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be "loosed in heaven.
19 "Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.
20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them."
not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another —and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
"This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart."
Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. [^2]
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
"'Do not hate a fellow Israelite in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in their guilt.
Do not forsake your friend or a friend of your family, and do not go to your relative's house when disaster strikes you — better a neighbor nearby than a relative far away.
Whoever does God's will is my brother and sister and mother."
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well.
One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers,
older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.
Anyone who loves their brother and sister "lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble.
Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.