1 Thessalonians 1:3 states (NIV):
We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labour prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
I've checked it in several translations and most of them use these words. Only the Amplified version gave me a clue:
Recalling unceasingly before our God and Father your work energized by faith and service motivated by love and unwavering hope in [the return of] our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).
This implies to me one of two options. Either:
- work is secular; service is Christian / church work or
- work is your day job, service is providing help to those in need.
What is the difference here between these two very similar words, work and labour?