Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

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; to be made new in the attitude of your minds…

Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.

Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.

Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 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.

Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being.

In Christ we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.

Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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