It is right1 for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart;2 for whether I am in chains3 or defending4 and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God's grace with me.
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God can testify5 how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
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And this is my prayer: that your love6 may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,7
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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,8
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filled with the fruit of righteousness9 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 chains10 for Christ.
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Because of my chains,11 most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.12
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It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill.
The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.13
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