1In light of all this, here's what I want you to do. While I'm locked up here, a prisoner for the Master, I want you to get out there and walk - better yet, run! - on the road God called you to travel. I don't want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don't want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere.2And mark that you do this with humility and discipline - not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love,3alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences.
26Go ahead and be angry. You do well to be angry - but don't use your anger as fuel for revenge. And don't stay angry. Don't go to bed angry.27Don't give the Devil that kind of foothold in your life.28Did you used to make ends meet by stealing? Well, no more! Get an honest job so that you can help others who can't work.29Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift.30Don't grieve God. Don't break his heart. His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for himself. Don't take such a gift for granted.31Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, profane talk.32Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.