Respond to Others (verse 2)
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right.
Be Realistic About Yourself (verses 3 & 4)
We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. We, however, will not boast beyond proper limits, but will confine our boasting to the sphere of service God himself has assigned to us, a sphere that also includes you. We are not going too far in our boasting, as would be the case if we had not come to you, for we did get as far as you with the gospel of Christ. Neither do we go beyond our limits by boasting of work done by others. Our hope is that, as your faith continues to grow, our sphere of activity among you will greatly expand, so that we can preach the gospel in the regions beyond you. For we do not want to boast about work already done in someone else’s territory. But, “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.
Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else,
Be Responsible to God (Verse 5)
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
for each one should carry their own load.
God “will repay each person according to what they have done.”
One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.