because of your partnership1 in the gospel from the first day2 until now,
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being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion3 until the day of Christ Jesus.4
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It is right5 for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart;6 for whether I am in chains7 or defending8 and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God's grace with me.
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God can testify9 how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
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And this is my prayer: that your love10 may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,11
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so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ,12
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filled with the fruit of righteousness13 that comes through Jesus Christ--to the glory and praise of God.
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Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel.
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As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains14 for Christ.
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Because of my chains,15 most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.16
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It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill.