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13:15 sacrifice of praise. We no longer sacrifice the blood of animals to cover our sins, for Christ has “offered one sacrifice for sins forever” (Hebrews 10:12). Instead, we offer praises, the “[fruit] of our lips” (Psalm 50:23; Hosea 14:2). These are not to be offered only once each week, in a so-called worship service, or praise service, but continually! “In every thing give thanks” (I Thessalonians 5:18).

13:16 do good. In addition to continual praise, other acceptable sacrifices (Romans 12:1) are “to do good” and to “communicate.” People often speak with disdain of so-called “do-gooders,” but Jesus “went about doing good,” and God “did good” for us every day (Acts 10:38; 14:17). Therefore we are exhorted to “do good unto all men” (Galatians 6:10), for “he that doeth good is of God” (III John 11; see also II Thessalonians 3:13; I Peter 2:15; 4:19).

13:16 communicate. To “communicate,” as used here, does not mean to share one’s thoughts, but to share one’s material blessings with others, especially those in Christian ministries. See especially Galatians 6:6 in this connection; also Philippians 4:14. The admonitions to “do good” and “to communicate” are again brought together in I Timothy 6:18.

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