Ephesians 4:25-5:2New Testament for Everyone (NTE)
The Kindness that Imitates God Himself
25 Put away lies, then. ‘Each of you, speak the truth with your neighbour,’ because we are members of one another. 26 ‘Be angry, but don’t sin’; don’t let the sun go down on you while you’re angry, 27 and don’t leave any loophole for the devil. 28 The thief shouldn’t steal any longer, but should rather get on with some honest manual work, so as to be able to share with people in need.
29 Don’t let any unwholesome words escape your lips. Instead, say whatever is good and will be useful in building people up, so that you will give grace to those who listen.
30 And don’t disappoint God’s holy spirit – the spirit who put God’s mark on you to identify you on the day of freedom. 31 All bitterness and rage, all anger and yelling, and all blasphemy – put it all away from you, with all wickedness. 32 Instead, be kind to one another, cherish tender feelings for each other, forgive one another, just as God forgave you in the king.
5 So you should be imitators of God, like dear children. 2 Conduct yourselves in love, just as the Messiah loved us, and gave himself for us, as a sweet-smelling offering and sacrifice to God.
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