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1 Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. 1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.
2 Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other's faults because of your love. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
3 Always keep yourselves united in the Holy Spirit, and bind yourselves together with peace. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
4 We are all one body, we have the same Spirit, and we have all been called to the same glorious future. 4 There is one body and one Spirit--just as you were called to one hope when you were called--
5 There is only one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
6 and there is only one God and Father, who is over us all and in us all and living through us all. 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
7 However, he has given each one of us a special gift according to the generosity of Christ. 7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.
8 That is why the Scriptures say, "When he ascended to the heights, he led a crowd of captives and gave gifts to his people." 8 This is why it says: "When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men."
9 Notice that it says "he ascended." This means that Christ first came down to the lowly world in which we live. 9 (What does "he ascended" mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions ?
10 The same one who came down is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that his rule might fill the entire universe. 10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)
11 He is the one who gave these gifts to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,
12 Their responsibility is to equip God's people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ, 12 to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up
13 until we come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God's Son that we will be mature and full grown in the Lord, measuring up to the full stature of Christ. 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
14 Then we will no longer be like children, forever changing our minds about what we believe because someone has told us something different or because someone has cleverly lied to us and made the lie sound like the truth. 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.
15 Instead, we will hold to the truth in love, becoming more and more in every way like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.
16 Under his direction, the whole body is fitted together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
17 With the Lord's authority let me say this: Live no longer as the ungodly do, for they are hopelessly confused. 17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.
18 Their closed minds are full of darkness; they are far away from the life of God because they have shut their minds and hardened their hearts against him. 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.
19 They don't care anymore about right and wrong, and they have given themselves over to immoral ways. Their lives are filled with all kinds of impurity and greed. 19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.
20 But that isn't what you were taught when you learned about Christ. 20 You, however, did not come to know Christ that way.
21 Since you have heard all about him and have learned the truth that is in Jesus, 21 Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.
22 throw off your old evil nature and your former way of life, which is rotten through and through, full of lust and deception. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;
23 Instead, there must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes. 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;
24 You must display a new nature because you are a new person, created in God's likeness -- righteous, holy, and true. 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
25 So put away all falsehood and "tell your neighbor the truth" because we belong to each other. 25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.
26 And "don't sin by letting anger gain control over you." Don't let the sun go down while you are still angry, 26 "In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,
27 for anger gives a mighty foothold to the Devil. 27 and do not give the devil a foothold.
28 If you are a thief, stop stealing. Begin using your hands for honest work, and then give generously to others in need. 28 He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.
29 Don't use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. 29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
30 And do not bring sorrow to God's Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he is the one who has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of malicious behavior. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.