3I give thanks to my God at every remembrance of you, 4praying always with joy in my every prayer for all of you, 5because of your partnership for the gospel from the first day until now. 6I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. 7It is right that I should think this way about all of you, because I hold you in my heart, you who are all partners with me in grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. 8For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, 10to discern what is of value, so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.
8 As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’ You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers. 9Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven. 10Do not be called ‘Master’; you have but one master, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you must be your servant. 12 Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.