22 Flee(A) from youthful passions, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace,(B) along with those who call on the Lord(C) from a pure heart. 23 But reject foolish and ignorant disputes, because you know that they breed quarrels. 24 The Lord’s(D) servant must not quarrel,(E) but must be gentle to everyone, able to teach,[a] and patient, 25 instructing his opponents with gentleness.(F) Perhaps God will grant them repentance(G) leading them to the knowledge of the truth. 26 Then they may come to their senses and escape the trap of the devil,(H) who has taken them captive to do his will.(I)

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  1. 2:24 Or everyone, skillful in teaching

Christian Living among Outsiders

Remind them to submit(A) to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to slander no one, to avoid fighting, and to be kind, always showing gentleness(B) to all people. For we too were once foolish, disobedient, deceived, enslaved by various passions(C) and pleasures,(D) living in malice and envy, hateful, detesting one another.

But when the kindness of God our Savior and his love for mankind appeared,(E) he saved us(F)—not by works of righteousness that we had done,(G) but according to his mercy(H)—through the washing of regeneration(I) and renewal by the Holy Spirit.(J) He poured out his Spirit on us abundantly(K) through Jesus Christ our Savior so that, having been justified by his grace,(L) we may become heirs with the hope of eternal life.(M) This saying is trustworthy.(N) I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed God might be careful to devote themselves to good works. These are good and profitable for everyone. But avoid foolish debates,(O) genealogies,(P) quarrels,(Q) and disputes about the law, because they are unprofitable and worthless. 10 Reject a divisive(R) person after a first and second warning.(S) 11 For you know that such a person has gone astray and is sinning; he is self-condemned.

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