Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. … Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. … Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. … Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
If we say we love God yet hate a brother or sister, we are liars. … For if we do not love a fellow believer, whom we have seen, we cannot love God, whom we have not seen. And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love one another.
This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. … I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning … that we love one another.
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