Extracted from Colossians, Chapter 4:
1 Masters, make sure that your slaves are given what is upright and fair, knowing that you too have a Master in heaven.
Extracted from Colossians, Chapter 3:
22 Slaves, be obedient in every way to the people who, according to human reckoning, are your masters; not only when you are under their eye, as if you had only to please human beings, but wholeheartedly, out of respect for the Master.
23 Whatever your work is, put your heart into it as done for the Lord and not for human beings,
24 knowing that the Lord will repay you by making you his heirs. It is Christ the Lord that you are serving.
25 Anyone who does wrong will be repaid in kind. For there is no favouritism.
Extracted from 2 Thessalonians, Chapter 3:
10 We urged you when we were with you not to let anyone eat who refused to work.
11 Now we hear that there are some of you who are living lives without any discipline, doing no work themselves but interfering with other people's.
12 In the Lord Jesus Christ, we urge and call on people of this kind to go on quietly working and earning the food that they eat.
13 My brothers, never slacken in doing what is right.
14 If anyone refuses to obey what I have written in this letter, take note of him and have nothing to do with him, so that he will be ashamed of himself,
15 though you are not to treat him as an enemy, but to correct him as a brother.
16 May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with you all.
17 This greeting is in my own hand-PAUL. It is the mark of genuineness in every letter; this is my own writing.
18 May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
Extracted from Romans, Chapter 13:
1 Everyone is to obey the governing authorities, because there is no authority except from God and so whatever authorities exist have been appointed by God.
2 So anyone who disobeys an authority is rebelling against God's ordinance; and rebels must expect to receive the condemnation they deserve.
3 Magistrates bring fear not to those who do good, but to those who do evil. So if you want to live with no fear of authority, live honestly and you will have its approval;
4 it is there to serve God for you and for your good. But if you do wrong, then you may well be afraid; because it is not for nothing that the symbol of authority is the sword: it is there to serve God, too, as his avenger, to bring retribution to wrongdoers.
5 You must be obedient, therefore, not only because of this retribution, but also for conscience's sake.
8 The only thing you should owe to anyone is love for one another, for to love the other person is to fulfill the law.
I can do all things through Him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4: 13)
Did you not know?
Had you not heard?
Yahweh is the everlasting God,
he created the remotest parts of the earth.
He does not grow tired or weary,
his understanding is beyond fathoming.
He gives strength to the weary,
he strengthens the powerless.
Youths grow tired and weary,
the young stumble and fall,
but those who hope in Yahweh will regain their strength,
they will sprout wings like eagles,
though they run they will not grow weary,
though they walk they will never tire. (Isaiah 40: 28-31)
Be Joyful - Extracted from the letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians, Chapter 4:
4 Always be joyful, then, in the Lord; I repeat, be joyful.
5 Let your good sense be obvious to everybody. The Lord is near.
6 Never worry about anything; but tell God all your desires of every kind in prayer and petition shot through with gratitude,
7 and the peace of God which is beyond our understanding will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers, let your minds be filled with everything that is true, everything that is honourable, everything that is upright and pure, everything that we love and admire - with whatever is good and praiseworthy.
9 Keep doing everything you learnt from me (hereinafter referred to “Paul”) and were told by me and have heard or seen me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.
Extracted from 1st letter of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians, Chapter 5:
16 Always be joyful;
17 pray constantly;
18 and for all things give thanks; this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
‘...I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full…’ (John 10: 10)
Mother Teresa, one of the great Good Samaritans of our times
The Great Commandment – Extracted from Luke, Chapter 10:
25 And now a lawyer stood up and, to test him (Jesus), asked, 'Master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?'
26 He (Jesus) said to him, 'What is written in the Law? What is your reading of it?'
27 He replied, 'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbour as yourself.'
28 Jesus said to him, 'You have answered right, do this and life is yours.'
29 But the man was anxious to justify himself and said to Jesus, 'And who is my neighbour?'
30 In answer Jesus said, 'A man was once on his way down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of bandits; they stripped him, beat him and then made off, leaving him half dead.
31 Now a priest happened to be travelling down the same road, but when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.
32 In the same way a Levite who came to the place saw him, and passed by on the other side.
33 But a Samaritan traveler who came on him was moved with compassion when he saw him.
34 He went up to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them. He then lifted him onto his own mount and took him to an inn and looked after him.
35 Next day, he took out two denarii and handed them to the innkeeper and said, "Look after him, and on my way back I will make good any extra expense you have."
36 Which of these three, do you think, proved himself a neighbour to the man who fell into the bandits' hands?'
37 He replied, 'The one who showed pity towards him.' Jesus said to him, 'Go, and do the same yourself.'