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1 I, a prisoner in the Lord, encourage you to live the kind of life which proves that God has called you. 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 in every way. Be patient with each other and lovingly accept each other. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
3 Through the peace that ties you together, do your best to maintain the unity that the Spirit gives. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
4 There is one body and one Spirit. In the same way you were called to share one hope. 4 There is one body and one Spirit--just as you were called to one hope when you were called--
5 There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
6 one God and Father of all, who is over everything, through everything, and in everything. 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
7 God's favor has been given to each of us. It was measured out to us by Christ who gave it. 7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.
8 That's why the Scriptures say: "When he went to the highest place, he took captive those who had captured us and gave gifts to people." 8 This is why it says: "When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men."
9 Now what does it mean that he went up except that he also had gone down to the lowest parts of the earth? 9 (What does "he ascended" mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions ?
10 The one who had gone down also went up above all the heavens so that he fills everything. 10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)
11 He also gave apostles, prophets, missionaries, as well as pastors and teachers as gifts [to his church]. 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 purpose is to prepare God's people, to serve, and to build up 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 This is to continue until all of us are united in our faith and in our knowledge about God's Son, until we become mature, until we measure up to Christ, who is the standard. 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 little children, tossed and carried about by all kinds of teachings that change like the wind. We will no longer be influenced by people who use cunning and clever strategies to lead us astray. 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, as we lovingly speak the truth, we will grow up completely in our relationship to Christ, who is the head. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.
16 He makes the whole body fit together and unites it through the support of every joint. As each and every part does its job, he makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in 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 So I tell you and encourage you in the Lord's name not to live any longer like other people in the world. Their minds are set on worthless things. 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 They can't understand because they are in the dark. They are excluded from the life that God approves of because of their ignorance and stubbornness. 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 Since they no longer have any sense of shame, they have become promiscuous. They practice every kind of sexual perversion with a constant desire for more. 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 is not what you learned from Christ's teachings. 20 You, however, did not come to know Christ that way.
21 You have certainly heard his message and have been taught his ways. The truth is in Jesus. 21 Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.
22 You were taught to change the way you were living. The person you used to be will ruin you through desires that deceive you. 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 However, you were taught to have a new attitude. 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;
24 You were also taught to become a new person created to be like God, truly righteous and holy. 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
25 So then, get rid of lies. Speak the truth to each other, because we are all members of the same body. 25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.
26 Be angry without sinning. Don't go to bed angry. 26 "In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,
27 Don't give the devil any opportunity [to work]. 27 and do not give the devil a foothold.
28 Thieves must quit stealing and, instead, they must work hard. They should do something good with their hands so that they'll have something to share with those 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 say anything that would hurt [another person]. Instead, speak only what is good so that you can give help wherever it is needed. That way, what you say will help those who hear you. 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 Don't give God's Holy Spirit any reason to be upset with you. He has put his seal on you for the day you will be set free [from the world of sin]. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
31 Get rid of your bitterness, hot tempers, anger, loud quarreling, cursing, and hatred. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
32 Be kind to each other, sympathetic, forgiving each other as God has forgiven you through Christ. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.