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17 Now this I affirm and insist on in the Lord: you must no longer live
as the Gentiles live, in the futility of their minds.
18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God
because of their ignorance and hardness of heart.
19 They have lost all sensitivity and have abandoned themselves
to licentiousness, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.
20 That is not the way you learned Christ!
21 For surely you have heard about him and were taught in him,
as truth is in Jesus.
22 You were taught to put away your former way of life,
your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts,
23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
24 and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according
to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
25 So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth
to our neighbors, for we are members of one another.
26 Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,
27 and do not make room for the devil.
28 Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work
honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy.
29 Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up,
as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear.
30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal
for the day of redemption.
31 Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling
and slander, together with all malice,
32 and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another,
as God in Christ has forgiven you.[b]
19 Now the practices of the [a]sinful nature are clearly evident:
they are sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality
(total irresponsibility, lack of self-control),
20 [b]idolatry, [c]sorcery, hostility, strife, jealousy, fits of anger,
disputes, dissensions, factions [that promote heresies],
21 envy, drunkenness, riotous behavior, and other things like these.
I warn you beforehand, just as I did previously, that those who practice
such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us]
is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience
[not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting],
kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.
24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified
the [d]sinful nature together with its passions and appetites.
and to God the things that are God’s.”
James 1:22 New King James Version (NKJV)
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
James 4:6 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
6 But he gives all the more grace; therefore it says,
“God opposes the proud,
but gives grace to the humble.”
2 Corinthians 13:5 Amplified Bible (AMP)
5 Examine and test and evaluat
and showing the proper fruits of it. Test and prove yourselves
Do you not yourselves realize and know [thoroughly by an ever-increasing experience]
that Jesus Christ is in you—unless you are [counterfeits] disapproved on trial and rejected?
Galatians 6:3 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
1 Corinthians 8:2 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)
2 Those who think they know something do not yet know anything as they should.
Luke 10:26-28 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?”
27 He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul,
and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”
28 And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”