Ephesians 4
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Unity in the Body
(Psalm 133:1–3; 1 Corinthians 1:10–17)

1And so, as a prisoner in the Lord, I beg you to walk in a manner worthy of the vocation to which you have been called: 2with all humility and meekness, with patience, supporting one another in charity. 3Be anxious to preserve the unity of the Spirit within the bonds of peace. 4One body and one Spirit: to this you have been called by the one hope of your calling: 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6one God and Father of all, who is over all, and through all, and in us all.

7Yet to each one of us there has been given grace according to the measure allotted by Christ.

8Because of this, he says: “Ascending on high, he took captivity itself captive; he gave gifts to men.”

9Now that he has ascended, what is left except for him also to descended, first to the lower parts of the earth? 10He who descended is the same one who also ascended above all the heavens, so that he might fulfill everything. 11And the same one granted that some would be Apostles, and some Prophets, yet truly others evangelists, and others pastors and teachers, 12for the sake of the perfection of the saints, by the work of the ministry, in the edification of the body of Christ, 13until we all meet in the unity of faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, as a perfect man, in the measure of the age of the fullness of Christ. 14So may we then no longer be little children, disturbed and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the wickedness of men, and by the craftiness which deceives unto error. 15Instead, acting according to truth in charity, we should increase in everything, in him who is the head, Christ himself. 16For in him, the whole body is joined closely together, by every underlying joint, through the function allotted to each part, bringing improvement to the body, toward its edification in charity.

New Life in Christ
(Colossians 3:1–17)

17And so, I say this, and I testify in the Lord: that from now on you should walk, not as the Gentiles also walk, in the vanity of their mind, 18having their intellect obscured, being alienated from the life of God, through the ignorance that is within them, because of the blindness of their hearts. 19Such as these, despairing, have given themselves over to sexual immorality, carrying out every impurity with rapacity. 20But this is not what you have learned in Christ. 21For certainly, you have listened to him, and you have been instructed in him, according to the truth that is in Jesus: 22to set aside your earlier behavior, the former man, who was corrupted, by means of desire, unto error, 23and so be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24and so put on the new man, who, in accord with God, is created in justice and in the holiness of truth.

25Because of this, setting aside lying, speak the truth, each one with his neighbor. For we are all part of one another. 26“Be angry, but do not be willing to sin.” Do not let the sun set over your anger. 27Provide no place for the devil. 28Whoever was stealing, let him now not steal, but rather let him labor, working with his hands, doing what is good, so that he may have something to distribute to those who suffer need. 29Let no evil words proceed from your mouth, but only what is good, toward the edification of faith, so as to bestow grace upon those who listen. 30And do not be willing to grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you have been sealed, unto the day of redemption. 31Let all bitterness and anger and indignation and outcry and blasphemy be taken away from you, along with all malice. 32And be kind and merciful to one another, forgiving one another, just as God has forgiven you in Christ.

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