Do what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.
Therefore I urge you, be imitators of me.
Give no offense to the Jews or the Greeks or the church of God,
just as I also try to please all people in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.
Be imitators of me, as I also am of Christ.
and you became imitators of us and of the Lord when, in spite of severe persecution, you welcomed the message with the joy from the Holy Spirit.
You are witnesses, and so is God, of how devoutly, righteously, and blamelessly we conducted ourselves with you believers.
As you know, like a father with his own children,
we encouraged, comforted, and implored each one of you to walk worthy of God, who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.
Also, this is why we constantly thank God, because when you received the message about God that you heard from us, you welcomed it not as a human message, but as it truly is, the message of God, which also works effectively in you believers.
For you, brothers, became imitators of God's churches in Christ Jesus that are in Judea, since you have also suffered the same things from people of your own country, just as they did from the Jews.
For you yourselves know how you must imitate us: we were not irresponsible among you;
It is not that we don't have the right [to support], but we did it to make ourselves an example to you so that you would imitate us.
No one should despise your youth; instead, you should be an example to the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
Remember your leaders who have spoken God's word to you. As you carefully observe the outcome of their lives, imitate their faith.
not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.
Watch the blameless and observe the upright, for the man of peace will have a future.
Now I implore you, brothers, watch out for those who cause dissensions and pitfalls contrary to the doctrine you have learned. Avoid them;
And if anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take note of that person; don't associate with him, so that he may be ashamed.