But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. For assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it. Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: My eyes fail with tears, My heart is troubled; My bile is poured on the ground Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, But who can find a faithful man? But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
“Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Let brotherly love continue. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
He who has ears to hear, let him hear!