Dear Father, God who worked to create all things,
Guide us and empower us to do our work in quietness, to avoid idleness, and to earn our own living. Help us not to grow weary in well-doing.
Help us to follow the example of your emissaries, of Paul and the others, who did not seize some economic advantage from their positions, but worked to provide for their own needs. Help us to encourage and enforce a good work ethic among Christians so that we may be highly regarded among all people.
Help us to be disciplined among ourselves, to exhort and warn each other, but also to be kind and loving and to treat each other as beloved brothers and sisters in Christ.
In the name of Jesus. Amen.
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